Berlin festival combines big names, global flavor

February 1, 2011 6:31:54 AM PST
This year's Berlin International Film Festival is showcasing actor Ralph Fiennes' debut as director and a 3D dance movie from Wim Wenders as well as offering a gesture of solidarity to a jailed Iranian filmmaker. Organizers on Tuesday presented the 22-movie program for this year's festival, which runs Feb. 10-20.

Sixteen of the films are competing for the top Golden Bear award at the event, the first of the year's major European film festivals.

There is one debut from a well-known name: Fiennes, directing a version of the Shakespeare tragedy "Coriolanus."

This year's festival also features two 3D films for the first time: French director Michel Ocelot's "Tales of the Night" and Wenders' "Pina" -- a tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.