Berlinale unveils first Panorama titles

'Garapa,' 'Countess,' 'Absolute Evil,' among premieres

COLOGNE, Germany -- Julie Delpy, whose directorial debut, "2 Days in Paris" lit up the 2007 Berlinale, returns this year with her period thriller "The Countess," which will have its world premiere at Berlin's Panorama sidebar.

Jose Padilha, whose corrupt cops drama "The Elite Squad" was last year's surprise winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, also has booked a return flight, for the Panorama premiere of "Garapa," his documentary examining poverty in Brazil.

Other highlights of 2009 Panorama lineup include "Absolute Evil," a crime thriller which teams up cult director Ulli Lommel ("The Boogeyman") with star David Carradine; the documentary "Coyote" from Chema Rodriquez ("The Railroad All-Stars") which looks at the issue of human trafficking and "Der Knochenmann" (The Bone Man) from veteran Austrian director Wolfgang Murnberger ("Silentium").

Actress Rie Rasmussen ("Angel-A") will unspool her directorial debut, "Human Zoo," which focuses on the trauma of a woman living in Paris who escaped the horrors of the Balkan war. "When You're Strange," Tom DiCillio's documentary on The Doors, will screen in Panorama's Dokumente section following its Sundance debut.

The full Panorama lineup will be announced later this month. The 59th Berlinale is set for Feb. 5-15.
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