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Hollywood stars, cinema veterans due at Berlin fest

india Updated: Jan 16, 2009 15:09 IST

New movies starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Demi Moore have been added to the line-up at next month's 59th Berlin Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday.

The 14 new selections for the Berlinale's main showcase include features by European veterans such as Stephen Frears (The Queen), Costa-Gavras (Missing) and Andrzej Wajda (Katyn), the festival said in a statement.

Frears will present "Cheri" starring Pfeiffer in an adaptation of a 1920 novel by French writer Colette. The British film-maker made the French epistolary novel Dangerous Liaisons into a movie with Pfeiffer and John Malkovich in 1988. Jones joins up with John Goodman and Peter Sarsgaard in the Franco-US production In the Electric Mist by Bertrand Tavernier and set in Louisiana. It will be one of more than 20 films vying for the Golden Bear top prize on February 14. Moore and Parker Posey will appear in Happy Tears by US director Mitchell Lichtenstein, playing sisters who return home to care for their irascible ailing father (Rip Torn).

Oscar-winner Costa-Gavras, who led the 2008 Berlinale jury and will turn 76 during this year's event, is to screen Eden is West about illegal immigrants living in Europe. Wajda, whose films were long championed in Berlin during the Cold War, will unveil "Sweet Rush" about an ageing doctor's wife who is taken surprise by love. France's Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool) will premiere Ricky about an extraordinary love child. Iranian production About Elly by Asghar Farhadi looks at an Iranian who returns home after years of living in Germany.

"With their very distinctive artistic styles, the films of the 2009 Competition provide evidence of living conditions in our globalised world," Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick said in a statement. The February 5 to 15 Berlinale will open with the premiere of The International, a thriller about global finance starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.