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LONDON — Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold” and Anton Corbijn’s “Life” will screen at the Berlin Film Festival as part of the Berlinale Special program.

“Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.

“Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”

“Woman in Gold,” which is another world premiere, stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. It centers on a Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, who starts out on a journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold.” Curtis’ last pic was “My Week with Marilyn,” which garnered Oscar nominations for Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh.

Other pics playing in the program include Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy,” which focuses on the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, and was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “finely crafted” portrait. It stars Paul Dano and John Cusack.

BERLINALE SPECIAL GALAS AT THE FRIEDRICHSTADT-PALAST
Love & Mercy
USA
By Bill Pohlad (Old Explorers)
With John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti
European premiere

Selma
United Kingdom / USA
By Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere)
With David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo
International premiere

Woman in Gold
United Kingdom / USA
By Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn)
With Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl
World premiere

BERLINALE SPECIAL GALA AT THE ZOO PALAST
Life
United Kingdom / Canada
By Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man)
With Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley
World premiere

BERLINALE SPECIAL GALA AT THE KINO INTERNATIONAL
Virgin Mountain
Iceland/Denmark
By Dagur Kári (The Good Heart)
With Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdottir
World premiere

BERLINALE SPECIAL MATINÉE AT THE KINO INTERNATIONAL
Breathe Umphefumlo (La Bohème)
South Africa
By Mark Dornford-May (U-Carmen ekhayelitsha)
With Pauline Malefane, Mandisi Dyantyis, Busisiwe Ngejane, Mhlekazi Mosiea
World premiere

BERLINALE SPECIAL AT THE HAUS DER BERLINER FESTSPIELE
Die abhandene Welt (The Misplaced World)
Germany
By Margarethe von Trotta (Rosenstraße)
With Katja Riemann, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich, Gunnar Moeller
World premiere

The Seventh Fire – documentary
USA
By Jack Pettibone Riccobono (Rage for Sale, The Sacred Food)
World premiere

Torneranno i prati (Greenery Will Bloom Again)
Italy
By Ermanno Olmi (Terra Madre, The Tree of Wooden Clogs)
With Claudio Santamaria, Alessandro Sperduti, Francesco Formichetti, Andrea Di Maria
German premiere