December 16, 2009 / 12:59 AM / 9 years ago

Scorsese, Polanski thrillers join Berlin lineup

BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) - Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” and Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” will have their world premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

Director Martin Scorsese arrives for the screening of the film "Bright Star" by director Jane Campion at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2009. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

“Shutter Island,” a horror-thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will screen out of competition ahead of its February 19 release in North America via Paramount. But embattled director Polanski’s pairing of Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan will be in the running for Berlin’s Golden Bear. Summit will release the thriller domestically during the first half of 2010.

Berlin unveiled the first festival titles Tuesday and alongside the big names, there are several international arthouse veterans. “Honey” from Turkish auteur Semih Kaplanoglu, the final film in his “Milk,” “Egg” and “Honey” trilogy, made the competition cut, as did “The Robber” from German director Benjamin Heisenberg (“Sleeper”).

Bosnia helmer Jasmila Zbanic, whose debut “Grbavica” won the Golden Bear in 2006, will return to Berlin with the world premiere of her follow-up: “On the Path.”

Iran’s Rafi Pitts (“It’s Winter”) will head to Berlin with his new drama “The Hunter” and Bollywood extravaganza “My Name is Khan,” from Karan Johar and starring Shah Rukh Khan will get a gala, out of competition slot.

In total. 26 films will compete in the 2010 Berlin Festival, which runs from February 11-21. Further titles will be announced in January.

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