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Mortensen, Dunst a glamour couple in Hitchcock vein in Berlin

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:28 AM
Director and screenwriter Hossein Amini (left) poses on the red carpet with cast members Daisy Bevan and Viggo Mortensen as they promote their movie The Two Faces Of January at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin on Feb 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and the breakout star of the last Coen brothers movie, Oscar Isaac, team up in the stylish Hitchcock-inspired thriller The Two Faces Of January which premiered Tuesday at the Berlin film festival.

The movie marked the highly anticipated directorial debut of Iranian-British screenwriter Hossein Amini, who penned blockbusters such as 2011's Drive.

It is based on a novel by the late US crime writer Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley), who delighted in ripping away the veil of middle-class propriety to find what lurks beneath.

The film opens in a sun-kissed Athens of the 1960s, with besotted American couple Chester and Colette (Mortensen and Dunst) impeccably dressed and touring the Acropolis.

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