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Nazi past, new China in focus at Berlin film festival

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:43 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - The Nazi terror in Europe and the dramatic transformation of contemporary China will dominate screens at next month's Berlin international film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

More than 400 new productions including star-driven Hollywood productions, gritty independent films and eye-opening documentaries will be shown at the 64th Berlinale, as the event is known.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick said that as the final selection came together this month, a large number of films dealing with the Third Reich and China's rapid changes emerged.

"We have a programme that looks back at German history in the 30s and 40s and the Holocaust," Kosslick, whose 11-day event marks the year's first major cinema showcase in Europe, told reporters.

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