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All-stars face off with global upstarts at Berlin film fest

Published on Feb 2, 2014 10:52 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - New movies from Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater will go head-to-head with upstarts from Europe, China and Latin America for the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival starting Thursday.

The 64th Berlinale, as the 11-day event is known, marks the first major European festival of the year and serves as a launchpad for Hollywood fare and risk-taking independent movies from around the world.

US producer James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) will lead a jury including double-Oscar-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, Hong Kong star Tony Leung and French film-maker Michel Gondry awarding the main prizes among 20 contenders on February 15.

The sprawling festival will screen more than 400 films in cinemas across the snowy German capital, and many of the hottest tickets are for movies outside the main competition.

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