Coen Brothers' 'True Grit' Remake to Open Berlin Film Festival

'True Grit,' 2010
Lorey Sebastian/Paramount Pictures

The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy calls Bridges turn in the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1969 John Wayne Western True Grit reboot, "a relatively realistic portrayal of man with a dicey past who has no problem giving flight to whatever demons might momentarily come to visit. His is an engaging but not dominant turn." The film opens December 22.

Redux stars Jeff Bridges in original John Wayne role.

COLOGNE, Germany – The Coen BrothersTrue Grit remake starring Jeff Bridges as the one-eyed sheriff played by John Wayne in the original 1969 Western, will open the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival on February 10.

Bridges and the Coens made their last joint trip to Berlin in 1998 with The Big Lebowski.

“Joel and Ethan Coen stand for first-rate American independent cinema. With their penchant for irony and off-the-wall characters and stories they have repeatedly captivated audiences,” said Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick.

True Grit, which also stars Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld, will screen out of competition. The Paramount Pictures release bows Dec. 22 in the U.S.

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 10-20.