Restored 'Metropolis' among Berlin specials

With 'Nine,' 'Henry of Navarre,' 'L'Illusionist' and others

BERLIN -- Rob Marshall's musical "Nine," Jo Baier's period epic "Henry of Navarre" and "L'Illusionist," the new animated film by French director Sylvain Chomet ("The Triplets of Belleville") will get the red carpet treatment at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival as part of the event's special screenings program.

The noncompetitive sidebar will also feature the world premieres of Doris Doerrie's new romantic comedy, "The Hairdresser," Silvio Soldini's "What More Do I Want" and "Boxhagener Platz," a German-language mystery from director Matti Geschonneck.

Several documentaries will be included in program, among them "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?" a Spanish-British doc on star architect Lord Foster and "Dancing Dreams" from German filmmakers Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann on legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.

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But the can't-miss highlight of this year's program is the newly restored, and finally complete, version of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis," which will have its world premiere on Feb. 12, 83 years after audiences, also in Berlin, first saw the original.

The 60th Berlin International Film Festival is set for Feb. 11-21.