Polanski’s latest film to premier at Berlinale

Polanski's latest film to premier at Berlinale
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The 2010 Berlinale film festival will premiere the latest film by director Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland awaiting deportation to the United States on unlawful sex charges.

The film, “The Ghost Writer,” which stars Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, will feature along with Shutter Island, a new thriller by director Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Sir Ben Kingsley, the festival’s organisers announced Tuesday.

The 60th Berlinale – also called the Berlin International Film Festival – will have 26 films in its competition section. A total of seven films were announced Tuesday.

The films selected so far are from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Turkey, the UK and the USA. They also include “My Name is Khan” by Indian filmmaker Karan Johar.

They include “The Robber” by Austrian director Benjamin Heisenberg and “The Hunter,” by Iranian-born director Rafi Pitts.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick said the Berlinale would be marked by “a mix of styles and genres, by exciting newcomers and renowned directors.”

Polanski, who is now under house arrest at his chalet in Switzerland, was arrested in Zurich in September on an international warrant for unlawful sex with 13-year old Samantha Geimer in the United States in 1977.

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