Abu Ghraib film among top Berlin festival entries

Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:36pm EST
 
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BERLIN (Reuters) - An examination of human rights violations at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison from U.S. director Errol Morris was among eight films selected on Monday for February's Berlin Film Festival.

The Berlinale unveiled the first eight of about 23 competition films for the 58th annual festival running February 7-17. There was no word on the title of the opening film. The competition field will be completed by mid-January.

Morris's new film "S.O.P. Standard Operation Procedure" takes a look at what is behind the "so-called anti-terror war," the Berlinale said. Morris won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2004 for "The Fog of War."

Among the other seven confirmed are films from China, Brazil, Mexico, Britain, the United States, Poland and Germany.

Berlinale regular Paul Thomas Anderson will bring his "There Will Be Blood," an adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel "Oil" that stars Daniel Day-Lewis, to its international premiere.

China's Wang Xiaoshuai, whose film "Beijing Bicycle" won a Silver Bear award in 2001, will be back with "Zuo You" ("In Love We Trust"). A Brazil thriller that smashed domestic box office records, "Tropa de Elite" ("The Elite Squad") will also be in the competition.

(Writing by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Matthew Tostevin)

 
<p>A U.S. soldier stands in front of a facility where high risk detainees are kept in Abu Ghraib prison May 10, 2004 . An examination of human rights violations at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison from U.S. director Errol Morris was among eight films selected on Monday for February's Berlin Film Festival. REUTERS/Pool/ Khampha Bouaphanh/Knight Ridder/Tribune</p>