Movie fans prepare for the Berlin film festival on the first day of ticket sales in Berlin on Monday. Photo: IC
The Berlin film festival Emmanuel Ogbah Browns Jersey , one of Europe's top cinema showcases, gets under way Thursday, bringing a parade of stars to its famed red carpet.
Nearly 400 movies will be screened during the 11-day gathering. Here's a preview of highlights from the Berlinale, now in its 67th year, that have already started generating buzz.
Portraits of the artist
Right from opening night, the festival will throw a spotlight on biopics and documentaries that explore famous creative lives.
Etienne Comar's debut feature Django is focused on the Gypsy-jazz great Django Reinhardt and the little-known story of his family's persecution by Nazis in occupied Paris.
Geoffrey Rush plays Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti in Final Portrait Corey Coleman Browns Jersey , directed by Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci.
Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis comes to life in Maudie starring Sally Hawkins as the beloved painter with a debilitating illness and Ethan Hawke as her devoted husband.
Long before there was Damien Hirst and a shark preserved in formaldehyde, there was Joseph Beuys and his dead rabbit. The documentary Beuys explores the controversial life of one of Germany's most important post-war artists.
Veteran German filmmaker Volker Schloendorff (The Tin Drum) tells the story of his friend Max Frisch, played by Stellan Skarsgard, in Return to Montauk based on the Swiss novelist and playwright's life.
And the documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov tells the story of the Ukrainian filmmaker convicted of terrorism in 2015.
'No country for old women'
Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) returns with Spoor, a humor-tinged "feminist fairy tale" about an eccentric retiree facing bloody high jinx in her male-dominated village.
The prize-winning filmmaker says the movie, with its unflinching look at the failings of post-communist Polish society Zane Gonzalez Browns Jersey , could have been called No Country for Old Women, a play on the Coen brothers' classic.
Holland is one of four female filmmakers in competition this year, including Britain's Sally Potter who has brought together Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Bruno Ganz and Kristin Scott Thomas for The Party, set during one night in contemporary London.
Rounding out the list are Teresa Villaverde Howard Wilson Browns Jersey , whose Colo looks at a family buffeted by Portugal's economic crisis, and Ildiko Enyedi with On Body and Soul, a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse in Budapest.
Berlin has a reputation for being the most politically minded of the big film festivals. With actors and directors from around the world in front of the microphones, expect many to sound off on Brexit, populism, fake news and Larry Ogunjobi Browns Jersey , of course, Donald Trump.
Festival director Dieter Kosslick refused to mention the US president's name as he discussed this year's line-up. But he said the choice of films was a "kind of protest" against the global state of affairs.
"But despite all the discontent in the world, this is a program that says 'yes' to life. The artists describe everyday apocalypses, but not without escape routes," he said.
Refugees on and off screen
Quirky Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki will present The Other Side of Hope about a Syrian refugee who winds up in Helsinki.
Off-screen, the festival has also launched initiatives to help the more than 100 David Njoku Browns Jersey ,000 asylum seekers who have arrived in Berlin since 2015.
Fundraisers, screenings for newcomers accompanied by local volunteers and educational events for refugee kids have all been folded into the program.
Bears and Wolverines
Eighteen movies will duke it out for the Golden and Silver Bear top prizes, to be awarded on February 18 by a jury led by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop).
But while the contenders are expected to pack a dramatic punch, the festival has a long tradition of popcorn fare too.
This year's biggest blockbuster is the latest Wolverine installment of the X-Men superhero series, Logan starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Richard E. Grant Jabrill Peppers Browns Jersey , which will have its world premiere.
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