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George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' to Have International Premiere at Berlin Film Festival

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2013 at 12:45PM

Following this week's earlier news that Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" will world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" is set to have its international premiere at the fest.
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"The Monuments Men."
"The Monuments Men."

Following this week's earlier news that Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" will world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, George Clooney's "The Monuments Men," also filmed in Germany, is set to have its international premiere at the fest, which kicks off February 6.

The film has been one of many titles to shift around this awards season, opting away from its original Oscar-friendly release date.

The film, which centers on a platoon of Americans during World War II who retrieve valuable art stolen by the Nazis, is uncannily timely given this week's news that about 1,500 works of art, some by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Marc Klee, Paul Chagall and Edvard Munch, were unearthed in a Munich apartment. So the effects of Nazi cultural theft are still being felt today.

"Monuments Men," which stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Hugh Granville, has its stateside release the day after its Berlin unveiling, on February 7.

Clooney takes over the THR writers roundtable here, and will be awarded the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA Britannia awards this Saturday. 

This article is related to: Festivals, Berlin International Film Festival, George Clooney, George Clooney, George Clooney


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.