Iraq prison scandal film to premiere at Berlin

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By Bonnie J. Gordon

MUNICH (Hollywood Reporter) - Four world premieres, including a U.S. documentary about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, will screen in competition at the 58th annual Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17), organizers said Monday.

Errol Morris' examination of mistreatment of Abu Ghraib prisoners, "Standard Operating Procedure/S.O.P.," will share the world-premiere spotlight with films from Germany, China and Mexico.

German director Doris Doerrie, best known in the U.S. for her 1980s gender comedy "Men," will unveil "Cherry Blossoms -- Hanami," which centers on a widower who learns more about his wife after her sudden death than he knew when she was alive.

China's Wang Xiaoshuai ("Beijing Bicycle") will present the world premiere of "Zuo You" (In Love We Trust), about a mother who resorts to extreme measures to save her cancer-ridden child.

And Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke will screen his sophomore feature, "Lake Tahoe," which tells the story of a 16-year-old boy confronting his father's death.

Also screening in competition will be the international premieres of Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and "Gardens of the Night" by Damian Lewis, about two abducted children left to fend for themselves on the street.

In addition, Oscar winner Andrzej Wajda will present the international premiere of his latest work, "Katjn," out of competition. It examines a long-taboo subject: the massacre of thousands of Polish prisoners of war by the Soviet secret service in 1940.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>A U.S.soldier walks through the prison of Abu Ghraib, outside Baghdad, May 5, 2004. Four world premieres, including a U.S. documentary about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, will screen in competition at the 58th annual Berlin International Film Festival, organizers said Monday. REUTERS/Pool/Anja Niedringhaus</p>