Berlin Fest Adds 'Even the Rain,' 'The Mortician' to Panorama Sidebar

BERLIN –The Berlin Film Festival's Panorama sidebar has added some buzz-worthy titles to its 2011 line-up, including Spain's Oscar hopeful Even The Rain, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a director trying to tell the real story of Christopher Columbus' arrival in America and Life in a Day, the experimental documentary from The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald which provides a digital, global snapshot of the world on July 24, 2010.

Other Panorama entries include the world premiere of 3D urban noir tale The Mortician from British director Gareth Maxwell Roberts, which stars Method Man, Edward Furlong and Dash Mihok.

Japanese director Iwai Shunji arrives in Berlin with Vampire, his twisted take on the Twilight genre starring Kevin Zegers, Rachael Leigh Cook and Keisha Castle-Hughes while Amador from Spanish director Fernando Leon De Aranoa takes an intimate look at illegal immigration in South America. Here, a drama from documentary filmmaker Braden King starring Ben Foster also secured a slot in Panorama's main program.

Three new Indian films made the cut: Vishal Bhardwaj's 7 Sins Forgiven, the debut Asshole from Kaushik Mukherjee and the documentary The Bengali Detective from British director Philip Cox.

The full Panorama line-up will be confirmed shortly.