'Brain!' to get silent treatment in Berlin


COLOGNE, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival's Forum sidebar will feature a live performance of Guy Maddin's silent film "Brand Upon the Brain!" as part of its 2007 lineup.

The performance, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, will feature a live orchestra and singers as well as foley artists performing sound effects. Isabella Rossellini, who collaborated with Maddin on "The Saddest Music In the World" (2003) and "My Dad Is 100 Years Old" (2005) will narrate the film to the Berlin audience.

"Brand Upon the Brain!" premiered at the New York Film Festival with a similar set-up. The Berlin performance, on Feb.15, will mark the film's European debut.

The 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 8-18.