Berlin picks Panorama titles


BERLIN -- Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's Danish political thriller "What No One Knows," South African crime drama "Jerusalema" by Ralph Ziman, "Love & Other Crimes" by Serbia's Stefan Arsenijevic's and apocalyptic fantasy "Before Fall" from Spain's Javier Gutierrez are among the titles that have been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama sidebar.

The 2008 lineup, which also features the sci-fi dystopia of Mexican director Alex Rivera's "Sleep Dealer" and the China-to-Moscow murder chase in Brad Anderson's thriller "Transsiberian," includes several genre titles amidst the usual mix of serious art house films (represented this year by such titles as "Beautiful" by Korea's Jaihong Juhn and Russian director Anna Melikyan's "Mermaid.")

One of the highlights of this year's Panorama is certain to be the world premiere of Madonna's directorial debut -- the drama "Filth And Wisdom," starring Stephen Graham and Richard E. Grant.

Organizers will announce the full Panorama lineup in the coming days.