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BERLIN 2013: Nine New Competition Titles Announced

COLOGNE, Germany – The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, an action comedy starring Shia LaBeouf and True Blood's Evan Rachel Wood is set to provide some much needed comic relief when it screens in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The festival on Friday confirmed nine additional competition titles, including one from Steven Soderbergh.

LaBeouf plays the eponymous Countryman, an ordinary guy who falls in love with Wood's  character Gabi Banyai, the girlfriend of a violent crime boss. The debut feature by acclaimed commercials director Fredrik Bond has an all-star cast including Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, Harry Potter alumnus Rupert Grint, Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza, Mads Mikkelsen and Germany's Til Schweiger. Voltage Pictures is handling sales of the film and will be shilling it to buyers at Berlin's European Film Market.

Other high-profile titles in Berlin's competition line-up this year include Gus van Sant's Promised Land, which stars Matt Damon and Frances McDormand; the drama Paradise: Hope from Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl and Nobody's Daughter Haewon, the latest from prolific Korean helmer Hong Sang-Soo (In Another Country).

DreamWorks' 3-D animated feature The Croods, from How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders and Space Chimps' helmer Kirk De Micco and featuring voice work from Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, will have its world premiere out of competition in Berlin.

Wong Kar-Wai's martial arts epic The Grandmasters starring Tony Leung, Chang Chen and Ziyi Zhang, will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 7, 2013. The film,  inspired by the life of the legendary martial artist the Ip Man, mentor to Bruce Lee, will also screen out of competition as director Wong will judge this year's Berlin Golden and Silver Bear contenders as President of the International Jury.

The 63rd Berlinale runs Feb.7-17.

Here is the full list of latest competition titles:

Camille Claudel 1915 


France


By Bruno Dumont (The Life of Jesus, Humanity, Flanders)
With Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent 
World Premiere
 

Elle s'en va (On my Way)


France


By Emmanuelle Bercot (Clément, Backstage, Les infidèles)
With Catherine Deneuve
World Premiere



Epizoda u životu berača željeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker)


Bosnia and Herzegovina/France/Slovenia


By Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land, Hell, Circus Columbia) 
With Senada Alimanovic, Nazif Mujic, Sandra Mujic, Semsa Mujic
World Premiere


Gold


Germany


By Thomas Arslan (Dealer, Vacation, In the Shadows)
With Nina Hoss, Marko Mandic, Uwe Bohm, Lars Rudolph, Peter Kurth, Rosa Enskat, Wolfgang Packhäuser
World Premiere
 

La Religieuse (The Nun)


France/Germany/Belgium


By Guillaume Nicloux (The Flying Children, A Private Affair, That Woman)
With Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Louise Bourgoin, Martina Gedeck 
World Premiere


Layla Fourie


Germany/South Africa/France/Netherlands


By Pia Marais (The Unpolished, At Ellen’s Age)
With Rayna Campbell, August Diehl, Rapule Hendricks
World Premiere


The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman


USA


By Fredrik Bond – feature debut
With Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, James Buckley
International Premiere


Parde (Closed Curtain)


Iran


By Jafar Panahi (The Circle, Offside, This Is Not A Film) and Kambozia Partovi (The Fish, Café Transit)
With Kambozia Partovi, Maryam Moghadam,Jafar Panahi, Hadi Saeedi, Azadh Torabi, Agha Olia, Zeynab Khanum, Boy
World Premiere
 

Side Effects


USA


By Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies, and videotape; Erin Brockovich, Haywire)
With Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum 
International Premiere