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Berlin Film Festival Unveils Berlinale Special Lineup

Program includes 'American Hustle,' 'A Long Way Down' (pictured)

LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled its Berlinale Special program, which contains 18 pics, including nine world premieres.

As previously announced, the selection includes the world premiere of comedy “A Long Way Down” (picture), directed by Pascal Chaumeil, who had a breakout hit with “HeartBreaker.”

“A Long Way Down,” which toplines Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, starts with a chance encounter between several people who plan to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. It is adapted from the novel by Nick Hornby, and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, who also produced “An Education.”

Also world premiering is World War II drama “Diplomacy” from director Volker Schlondorff, who won an Oscar with “The Tin Drum.” It centers on the efforts of Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, played by Andre Dussollier, to persuade German general Dietrich von Choltitz, played by Niels Arestrup, to ignore Adolf Hitler’s orders to destroy Paris in 1944.

Also world preeming is “Cesar Chavez,” helmer Diego Luna’s biopic about the civil-rights activist and labor organizer. It stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich.

Other world premieres include “In the Courtyard, directed by Pierre Salvadori (“Beautiful Lies,” “The Apprentices”), and starring Catherine Deneuve and Gustave Kervern; and Hossein Amini’s feature debut “The Two Faces of January,” which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

The lineup also includes the German premieres of “American Hustle” and Errol Morris’ docu “The Unknown Known.”

Berlinale Special Galas at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

A Long Way Down
U.K./Germany
By Pascal Chaumeil (HeartBreaker)
With Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots
World premiere

American Hustle
U.S.
By David O. Russell (Silver Linings, Three Kings)
With Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence
German premiere

Cesar Chavez
U.S.
By Diego Luna (Abel)
With Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich
World premiere

Dans la cour (In the Courtyard)
France
By Pierre Salvadori (Beautiful Lies, The Apprentices)
With Catherine Deneuve, Gustave Kervern
World premiere

Hundraaringen som klev ut genom fönstret och forsvann (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared)
Sweden
By Felix Herngren (Every Other Week, Adult Behavior)
With Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, Mia Skaringer, Alan Ford, David Wiberg
German premiere

The Turning – anthology film
Australia
By Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows
With Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving
International premiere

Berlinale Special Galas at the Zoo Palast

Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)
Austria/Germany
By Andreas Prochaska (Dead In 3 Days, The Unintentional Kidnapping of Mrs. Elfriede Ott)
With Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer, Thomas Schubert, Carmen Gratl
World premiere

Diplomatie (Diplomacy)
France/Germany
By Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum, The Ninth Day)
With Andre Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Robert Stadlober, Burghart Klaussner
World premiere

The Two Faces of January
U.K./U.S./France
By Hossein Amini – feature debut
With Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac
World premiere

Berlinale Special at the Kino International

En du elsker (Someone You Love)
Denmark
By Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Family, A Soap)
With Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Sofus Ronnov, Eve Best
World premiere

Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq – documentary
U.S.
By Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story)
International premiere

Baal (1969)
Germany
By Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum, The Ninth Day)
With Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue, Margarethe von Trotta
Festival premiere

Kathedralen der Kultur – film project in 3D
Germany/Denmark/Austria/Norway/France
By Wim Wenders, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margreth Olin, Karim Ainouz
World premiere

Night Will Fall – documentary (work in progress)
United Kingdom
By Andre Singer (Forbidden Rites, World in Action)
World premiere

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden – documentary
U.S.
By Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes)
European premiere

The Unknown Known – documentary
U.S.
By Errol Morris (Standard Operation Procedure, Tabloid)
German premiere

Watermark – documentary
Canada
By Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes), Edward Burtynsky
European premiere

We Come As Friends – documentary
France/Austria
By Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare)
European premiere

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