'The King's Speech,' 'Toast,' 'Sacrifice' Get Galas in Berlin

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He scored a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role. "As an Australian, I'm as excited to be recognized and honored by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King of England happened to pop by one day," he tells THR.

The red carpet treatment also awaits for Chen Kaige whose period drama, 'Sacrifice,' will have its international premiere in Germany.


BERLIN – Golden Globe-winner The King's Speech, Julie Gavras' Late Bloomers starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini and Sing Your Song, Susanne Rostock's documentary about Calypso legend Harry Belafonte which opened Sundance, will all get gala screenings at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

The red carpet treatment also awaits for Berlin regular Chen Kaige whose latest period drama, Sacrifice, will have its international premiere in Germany.

Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet will return to Berlin with Escuchando al Juez Garzon, her documentary on activist judge Baltasar Garzon, who famously had ex-Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet arrested and was suspended by the government while investigating crimes committed by the Francisco Franco regime.

Other titles added to Berlin's line up include Toast, a debut from British director SJ Clarkson starring Helena Bonham Carter and the Italian comedy The Salt Of Life from Gianni di Gregorio, who wrote the screenplay for mafia epic Gomorra.

In honor of another Italian - director Mario Monicelli, who died last November, Berlin will screen his Il Marchese del Grillo, which won a Berlin Silver Bear in 1982.