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Thornton, Jolie head to Berlin

'Jayne Mansfield's Car,' 'Blood and Honey' unspooling at fest

BERLIN — Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie are among the international filmmakers heading to the Berlin Film Festival in February with their directorial works.

Thornton will present “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” in Competition as a Russian-U.S. co-production, starring Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt and Kevin Bacon.

He is vying against Italian helmers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, who weigh in with “Caesar Must Die,” and German directors Christian Petzold, reteaming with actress Nina Hoss (“Yella”) on “Barbara,” plus Hans-Christian Schmid (“Storm”) with “Home for the Weekend.”

All unspool as world premieres.

Jolie is pegged for opening weekend in the Berlinale Special sidebar with the German premiere of her directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

Also screening as world premieres in Competition are Matthias Glasner’s German-Norwegian entry “Gnade,” starring Juergen Vogel; “Just the Wind,” by Hungarian helmer Benedek Fliegauf (“Womb”); Alain Gomis’ French-Senegalese co-production “Aujourd’hui” and Ursula Meier’s Swiss-French “Sister.”

Further selections include “Tabu,” Miguel Gomes’ Euro-Brazilian co-production; and Spiros Stathoulopoulos’ German-Greek “Meteora.”

The fest runs Feb. 9-19.

Ed Meza in Berlin contributed to this report.

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