Berlinale Special ushers in titles

'John Rabe,' 'Resurrected,' 'Effi Briest' among screenings

BERLIN -- Florian Gallenberger's World War II biopic "John Rabe," Paul Schrader's Jeff Goldblum starrer "Adam Resurrected" and Hermine Huntegeburth's adaptation of German classic "Effi Briest" are among the highlights of this year's Berlinale Special program.

Other titles that will get the red carpet gala treatment, minus the pressure of having to compete for the Golden Bear, include "Hilde," Kai Wessel's biography of legendary singer/actess Hildegard Knef; Claude Chabrol's "Bellamy," featuring Gerard Depardieu; and Christiana Yao's "Empire of Silver," with Aaron Kwok, Tie Lin Zhang and Hao Lei.

Four documentaries with get the full Specials treatment: James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's "Every Little Step," "In Berlin" from Oscar-winning cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and Ciro Cappellari, "Food, Inc." by Robert Kenner and "Terra Madre" from Italian director Ermanno Olmi. The last two also swillcreen as part of Berlin's Culinary Cinema section.

The 59th Berlinale runs Feb. 5-15. A list of festival titles follows:

Berlinale Special -- gala screenings at the Friedrichstadtpalast
"Effi Briest," Hermine Huntgeburth, Germany
"Food, Inc.," Robert Kenner, U.S.
"Hilde," Kai Wessel, Germany
"John Rabe," Florian Gallenberger, Germany/France/People's Republic of China

Berlinale Special at Cinema Paris
"Adam Resurrected," Paul Schrader, U.S./ Germany /Israel
"Baiyin Diguo" (Empire Of Silver), Christina Yao, People's Republic of China/Hong Kong
"Bellamy," Claude Chabrol, France
"In Berlin," Michael Ballhaus and Ciro Cappellari, Germany
"Every Little Step," James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, U.S.
"Pink," Rudolph Thome, Germany
"Singularidades de uma rapariga loura," Manoel De Oliveira, Portugal/France
"Terra Madre," Ermanno Olmi, Italy

Berlinale Special at Cinema Cosima at Bundesplatz
"Berlin -- Ecke Bundesplatz," Hans-Georg Ullrich and Detlef Gumm, Germany

The complete program of Berlinale Special will be published Jan. 27.