Berlin: 'American Hustle' Added to Lineup

5. American Hustle
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Speaking of getting back to basics, David O. Russell, in American Hustle and his previous two films, has done just that, making personal, madly dynamic, hugely entertaining films that at their cores are about self-reinvention and overcoming what might have been holding one back before. After his own period in the wilderness, the writer-director seems laser-focused and devoted to making social comedies in which he's able to get well-known actors to hit all sorts of new and unfamiliar notes. In a year graced by many first-rate ensemble casts, this may have the best of them.

Wim Wenders' 3D project “Catherdrals of Culture,” Diego Luna's “Cesar Chavez” also receive special screenings at next month's festival.

Berlin has revved up its star wattage for next month's festival, adding David O. Russell's Oscar front-runner American Hustle featuring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper to its official line up in an out-of-competition slot.

The 70s crime comedy, which yesterday was nominated for 10 Oscars, including best film, will get a red carpet gala screening in Berlin to mark its German premiere.

Other high-profile titles added to Berlin's line-up Friday included Cesar Chavez, the biopic of the legendary civil-rights activist and labor organizer from director Diego Luna that stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich; and Cathedrals of Culture, Wim Wenders' 3D documentary project that features films by Robert Redford, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin and Karim Ainouz.

French drama In the Courtyard, starring Catherine Deneuve and directed by Pierre Salvadori (Beautiful Lies) will have its world premiere in Berlin in a special screening, as will Diplomacy, the latest from Oscar-winning German director Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum) and Someone You Love, a drama from Denmark's Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Family) which features Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit) and Trine Dyrholm (In a Better World). Schlondorff's Baal, his black-and-white film of a 1969 German theater production featuring the acting talents of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue and Margarethe von Trotta, will get a special screening in Berlin this year.

Another Scandinavian title, the Swedish hit The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared from director Felix Herngren, will have its German premiere in Berlin. The adaptation of the global bestseller from Jonas Jonasson has already earned some $20 million in Scandinavia alone.

Famed Oscar-winning documentary film maker Errol Morris will return to the Berlin festival with The Unknown Known, his one-on-one look at former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In addition to Cathedrals of Culture and Unknown Known, other non-fiction works that will receive special screenings at the 64th Berlinale include Andre Singer's Night Will Fall, a doc reconstructed from documentary footage shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps; Afternoon of a Faun from U.S. director Nancy Buirski and Watermark from Canadian filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky.

As previously announced, documentaries The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden and We Come As Friends will also get special gala screenings in Berlin.

Other titles that will get Berlin's full gala treatment in out-of-competition special screening slots include Pascal Chaumeil's hotly-anticipated A Long Way Down starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots; Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January with Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac; The Dark Valley from German director Andreas Prochaska featuring Sam Riley and Tobias Moretti and Australian anthology feature The Turning, which includes short films by, among others, David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska.