Berlin: 'Selma,' 'Life,' 'Woman in Gold' Get Gala Screenings

Atsushi Nishijima

Bill Pohlad's 'Love & Mercy,' Icelandic drama 'Virgin Mountain' and South African drama 'Breathe Umphefumlo' also heading to Berlin Festival.

Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama, and Oscar hopeful, Selma; Bill Pohlad's Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson; and Woman in Gold from My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis, featuring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, will all receive special out-of-competition gala screenings at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. 

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Selma features David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and depicts the civil rights leader's historic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. In Woman in Gold, Mirren plays Maria Altman, a Jewish refugee fighting, together with lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Reynolds) to retrieve her family's possessions, seized by the Nazis in World War II, including Gustav Klimt's painting The Lady in Gold

Other titles getting Berlin gala screenings include Life from Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man), starring Robert Pattinson as Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock and Dane DeHaan as Hollywood legend James DeanVirgin Mountain from Iceland's Dagur Kari (The Good Heart); and Breathe Umphefumlo, a South African adaptation of La Boheme from Mark Dornford-May, who won the Golden Bear for his Carmen adaptation U-Carmen ekhayelitsha in 2005. 

Italian director Ermanno Olmi will bring Greenery Will Bloom Again to Berlin for its European premiere. 

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Die Abhandene Welt, the latest from acclaimed German director Margarethe von Trotta (Hannah Arendt) will also get its world premiere in Berlin. The drama stars Hannah Arendt's Barbara Sukowa alongside Katja Riemann and Matthias Habich. The Seventh Fire, the new documentary from Sacred Food director Jack Pettibone Riccobono, will also have its world premiere out of competition in Berlin this year.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 5-15.

Jan. 15, 10:15 a.m. Corrected the spelling of Pohlad and of the final film title mentioned from Scared Food to Sacred Food.

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