'Shutter Island' joins Berlin competition

Martin Scorsese thriller one of 26 films to compete

BERLIN -- Martin Scorsese's thriller "Shutter Island" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" featuring Ewen McGreggor and Pierce Brosnan will have their world premieres in Berlin.

"Shutter Island" will screen out of competition but Polanski's latest will be in the running for Berlin's Golden Bear.

Berlin unveiled the first festival titles Tuesday and alongside the big names, there are several international arthouse veterans. "Honey" from Turkish auteur Semih Kaplanoglu, the final film in his "Milk," "Egg" and "Honey" trilogy, made the competition cut, as did "The Robber" from German director Benjamin Heisenberg ("Sleeper").

Bosnia helmer Jasmila Zbanic, whose debut "Grbavica" won the Golden Bear in 2006, will return to Berlin with the world premiere of her follow-up: "On the Path."

Iran's Rafi Pitts ("It's Winter") will head to Berlin with his new drama "The Hunter" and Bollywood extravaganza "My Name is Khan," from Karan Johar and starring Shah Rukh Khan will get a gala, out of competition slot.

In total. 26 films will compete in the 2010 Berlin Festival, which runs from Feb. 11-21. Further titles will be announced in January.
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