Published: 21 January 2017 Saturday, 02:23 PM
Bonn, Jan 21 (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- The Berlin Film Festival unveiled on Friday the final three titles making up its showcase programme with the Berlinale adding Geoffrey Rush, Sylvie Testud, Armie Hammer and Catherine Deneuve to the list of stars expected at next month`s Berlinale.
The films include the world premiere of "Final Portrait" from New York-born director Stanley Tucci in a French-British production about the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.
Tucci, who has a film and television career stretching back to the 1980s, now resides in Britain.
Legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve stars alongside Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet in French director Martin Provost`s tale about a traditional midwife in "La Sage Femme" (The Midwife).
Unusual for the Berlinale`s main competition, festival organizers have also included the world premiere of an animation film, "Hao ji le" (Have a Nice Day), from Chinese director Liu Jian.
Veteran Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, who won global fame for box-office hits such as RoboCop, Basic Instinct and Total Recall, is to head this year`s festival jury.
Liu`s film will be one of 18 movies that the jury will be considering when awarding the festival`s top honour, the Golden Bear for best picture.
The movies from Tucci and Provost will be screened at the Berlinale as non-competition films, which means they are not in the running for any of the festival`s coveted prizes.
The world premiere of a movie about the life of the legendary jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt from France`s Etienne Comar is to open next month what will be the 67th Berlinale.