The Berlin International Film Festival has released the list of films that will be showcased in their Panorama section, and of the 50 films to make the list, 26 are world premieres. Not only that, but it looks to be an art house paradise -- both for newbies first dipping their toes into the sea beyond Hollywood celebrity to those who appreciate old-school favorites. I wonder if I could slip into someone's Berlin-bound suitcase...

One of the most recognizabletrends on the list is the number of "actors-turned-directors." Julie Delpy enters the pool with her dysfunctional couples comedy Two Days in Paris, where she teams up with another Linklater favorite, Adam Goldberg. (Before Sunset without the tragic angst?) There's Steve Buscemi's Interview, which has a struggling political journalist forced to interview a popular soap actress -- why is this listed as a drama? There's also Sarah Polley's Alice Munro adaptation, Away from Her, and Antonio Banderas' second directorial stab, Summer Rain.

On the actor-free front, there's two more selections from Canadian talent -- Bruce McDonald's The Tracey Fragments, which stars Hard Candy powerhouse Ellen Page, and Poor Boy's Game from Clément Virgo, the man who brought us the risqué Lie to Me. Fay Grim, Hal Hartley's follow-up to Henry Fool, will make an appearance before its scheduled wide-release in May. If that's not enough, there's also the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, a comedy about radical feminists, that comes from But I'm a Cheerleader's Jamie Babbit. And for a radically different theme, there's the multi-director documentary Invisibles, which boasts talent from Wim Wenders to Isabel Coixet and Takva: A Man's Fear of God, a Turkish film by Özer Kiziltan that discusses a Muslim whose promotion questions his relationship with God.

There's much more, all of which can be found on the Festival's website.


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