Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy,” starring Penelope Cruz, and Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” are among nine titles added to the Berlin Film Festival’s main competition on Wednesday.
“Elegy,” an adaptation of Philip Roth’s “The Dying Animal,” about an aging professor and his all-consuming affair with a 24-year-old grad student, also stars Ben Kingsley and Dennis Hopper. Coixet last competed in Berlin in 2002 with “My Life Without Me.”
Also returning is Amos Kollek with “Restless.” The Israeli helmer’s “Bridget” screened in competition in 2002.
Additional titles include “Heart of Fire,” from Luigi Falorni (“The Story of the Weeping Camel”), the true story a girl soldier in the Eritrean civil war; Erick Zonca’s French thriller “Julia,” starring Tilda Swinton; and “Lady Jane,” by French helmer Robert Guediguian, a 2005 Berlin contender with “The Last Mitterrand.”
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From Italy comes Antonello Grimaldi’s “Quiet Chaos,” starring Nanni Moretti, while Asian offerings include Johnnie To’s Hong Kong drama “Sparrow” and Japan’s “Kabei — Our Mother,” helmed by Yoji Yamada, whose “The Hidden Blade” contended for the Golden Bear in 2005.
The fest previously announced eight titles for the main section, with nearly two-thirds of the competition lineup now confirmed.
The 58th Berlinale runs Feb. 7-17.