Robert Pattinson's 'Bel Ami' & Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Latest Additions To Berlin Film Festival

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 20, 2012 8:32 AM
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So, Robert Pattinson fans, just how devoted are you? Always eager to see him fight for Bella in the "Twilight" franchise, a lot of those same fans seem to disappear when does anything that doesn't involve vampires and werewolves. As long expected, his upcoming literary adaptation "Bel Ami," has been confirmed this morning make its world premiere (out of competition) at the Berlin International Film Festival, and we'll be curious to see if RPatz lovers will tolerate him playing a cad.

Based on the book by Guy de Maupassant and featuring Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, “Bel Ami” will find Pattinson playing George Duroy, a sexy social climber in turn-of-the-century 1890s Paris, who seduces his way to wealth and fame from a poor beginning. Sony has already given the movie a vote of confidence, picking up the rights last fall, and we suppose the reception in Berlin will determine whether it gets a splashy awards season release or...something else.

Also headed to Germany will be Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire," which also opens in U.S. theaters today. You already know all about this one. It stars MMA fighter Gina Carano who spends about 90 minutes making mincemeat out of her co-stars which include Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender and more. Germans will be getting their first taste of the movie with this out-of-competition premiere.

Also of note: James Marsh's "Shadow Dancer" which is making its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, will head to Berlin right after for its European debut. Based on the novel by Tom Bradby, the film will center on The Troubles in Ireland in the 1960s, and tell the story of a young woman -- a former IRA terrorist turned informer for Blighty’s MI5 -- whose brothers are both heavily involved with the IRA. When she is arrested over an aborted bombing attempt in London, she is forced to reveal her past if she wishes to see her children again. Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough star. Meanwhile, Tsui Hark will unveil his 3D "Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate."

List of new additions below:

Further films in the Competition programme:

À moi seule (Coming Home)
France
By Frédéric Videau (Le fils de Jean-Claude Videau, Variéte Francaise)
With Agathe Bonitzer, Reda Kateb
World premiere

Bel Ami
Great Britain
By Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod (feature debut)
With Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci
World premiere / out of competition

En kongelig affære (A Royal Affair)
Denmark/Czech Republic/Germany/Sweden
By Nikolaj Arcel (Islands of Lost Souls, Sandheden om mænd, Königspatience – Intrige im Parlament)
With Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
World premiere

Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate
Hong Kong, China
By Hark Tsui (Once Upon A Time In China, Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame, Time And Tide)
With Jet Li, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Kwai Lun Mei
European premiere / out of competition – 3D

Rebelle
Canada
By Kim Nguyen (La citė, Truffe, Le Marais)
With Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyinda
World premiere

Shadow Dancer
Great Britain/Ireland
By James Marsh (Project Nim, The King, Man On Wire)
With Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson
European premiere / out of competition

Special screening in the Berlinale Palast:

Haywire
USA
By Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Traffic, Erin Brockovich)
With Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum
German premiere

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10 Comments

  • michèle | January 20, 2012 6:44 PMReply

    The fans of Rob are eagerly waiting for more than a year to see this movie. No teens in the audience this time, Bel ami is R-rated. Of course this is a small art house movie, don't expect big BO numbers. The part Rob is playing is totally different from his previous roles. What is interesting is that Rob dares to take challenging, different roles. This year we'll be able to see him as a 19-century social climber, a 17-year old vampire in love with a human girl and a billionaire New-York yuppie who, in an odysee through the city, risks his whole fortune while contemplating about the meaning of his existence.

  • Kanerwa | January 20, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    So ,so called ''professional '' jurnalists ,when you stop using this patronizing tone towards Robert Pattinson and his fans?
    Ask Ch. Bale fans if they will tolerate him as a priest :D

  • Christopher Bell | January 20, 2012 2:06 PM

    Professional Commenter,

    "Journalist."

  • Rose | January 20, 2012 11:46 AMReply

    Jeez, why the double standard for Pattinson's non-Twilight movies indiewire? I haven't heard a peep from you (unless I miss it) when Johnny Depp's Rum Diary flopped big time when it opened wide. And he's a bigger star and have had way more blockbusters under his belt than Pattinson. Pattinson's Remember Me made 19M domestic on a 16M budget and 36M more overseas. Rum Diary made 13M domestic plus 9M overseas on a 45M budget. Go figure.

  • Paulina | January 20, 2012 11:33 AMReply

    I'm fans of Rob and I will enjoy this film, like I also love Christina Ricci, Uma and Kristin Scott Thomas.

  • emma | January 20, 2012 10:54 AMReply

    Robert Pattinson fans will see him in about anything. Your confusion probably stems from thinking Robert Pattinson fans and Twilight fans are the same thing. They are not but they intercept.

  • Kanerwa | January 20, 2012 1:19 PM

    This jurnalist is thinking too much about Pattinson ,wonder why?

  • maybebaby | January 20, 2012 10:08 AMReply

    RPatz lovers will tolerate him playing a cad, I can assure you! I'm not talking about Edward lovers though.

  • M | January 20, 2012 10:05 AMReply

    Berlin isn't worth the coverage. Where are the masters? That's right, they're all waiting for Cannes and Venice.

  • Ian | January 20, 2012 9:04 AMReply

    Bel Ami is being released in March. Sony partnered with IFC on the film (like they did Salvation Boulevard and London Boulevard).

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