Drawing near to the opening day of the 57th Annual Berlin International Film Festival, the organizers of the event at last have finalized selecting titles for the event's Competition program this year. Out of twenty-six films screened, twenty-two are being listed as Golden Bear Award contenders with seventeen of them encountering world premieres and five facing international premieres.
Apart from the previously-reported titles, there are nine other movies set up for world premieres, namely "Angel" (France/Belgium/U.K.), "Beaufort" (Israel), "Desert Dream" (Korea/France), "Hallam Foe" (U.K.), "The Other" (Argentina/France/Germany), "When a Man Falls in the Forest" (Canada/U.S.), "La Vie en Rose" (France/U.K./Czech Republic), plus "Lost in Beijing" and "Tuya's Marriage" which both come from China.
Submitted in the international premiere lineup is Brazilian and Argentinean production of "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" aka "O ano em que meus pais sairam de ferias" while both "300" and "Notes on a Scandal" join "Letters from Iwo Jima" and "The Walker" to complete the list of flicks screened out of competition.
Held annually since 1951, the festival, also known as Berlinale, is recognized to be one of the prestigious film festivals in which the jury places special emphasis on representing films from all over the world. For this year, the event is scheduled to run throughout February 8-18 with "La Vie en Rose" and "Angel" as the opening and closing film, respectively.