'Good' times in store for Berlin
EmptyGermany will revisit its wartime past at the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival, with Steven Soderbergh's "The Good German," a murder mystery set in 1940s Berlin, and Robert De Niro's Cold War CIA drama "The Good Shepherd" both picked for this year's competition.
The two films also will provide some much-needed star wattage at this year's Berlinale. In addition to the high-profile directors, "German" star George Clooney, a Berlinale regular, is expected to attend as are, barring scheduling conflicts, "Shepherd" co-stars Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
Going up against Hollywood will be Chan-wook Park's "I'm a Cyborg but That's OK," which will have its international premiere in competition at Berlin. "Cyborg" centers on a woman who checks into a psychiatric hospital, believing herself to be a combat cyborg. There, she falls in love with a man who believes he can steal people's souls.
Also making the competition cut this year is German art house favorite Christian Petzold's slice-of-life drama "Yella"; "Irina Palm," from Belgian newcomer Sam Garbarski; and Bille August's "Goodbye Bafana," which will have its world premiere at the festival.
August's drama tells the story of James Gregory, a white South African prison guard whose life was transformed by his job guarding Nelson Mandela. Joseph Fiennes will play Gregory, while Dennis Haysbert stars as Mandela.