International Film Festival in Berlin will be open today with "Django" debut achievement of French director Etienne Komar.
For the prestigious "Golden Bear" and five "Silver Bear" compete 18 films, mostly from Europe, but there are parts of China, Brazil, Japan and Chile. Among the main contenders for the awards Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki, American and British Oren Muverman Sally Potter.
The jury of the "Berlinale" will be Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, best known for his erotic thriller classic "Basic Instinct."
External competition program, among others, will be showing "The last portrait" under the directing of Stanley Tucci, then "Midwest" by Martin Provost with Catherine Deneuve in the main role, "Trainspotting 2" Danny Boyle and "House of the renegade" of Gjurinder Chadha.
Italian fashion designer Milena Kanonero will receive an honorary award for contribution to cinema. Special prize "Berlin Festival" will again be presented to chinese producer Nansun Shi, Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, as well as film critic and writer from Egypt, Samir Farid.
The red carpet will see Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Penelope Cruz, Hugh Jackman and Robert Pattinson
Macedonia also somehow being represented at the festival, and it is the film in the Serbian-Bulgarian-Macedonian co-production "Requiem for Mrs. J.," Written and directed by Bojan Buletic.
The event will last until February 19