Berlin festival shows theater director Grandage’s film debut

BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin film festival in February will feature movies including theater director Michael Grandage’s film debut “Genius,” starring Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman.

“Genius,” which follows Max Perkins’ time as book editor at Scribner overseeing work by Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway among others, was one of five competition entries unveiled Friday. The festival last week said the Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” will open the event on Feb. 11.

Also premiering in Berlin will be “Zero Days,” a documentary by “Taxi to the Dark Side” director Alex Gibney, and Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special.”

There’s also an adaptation of “Alone in Berlin,” a novel by Hans Fallada about a German couple opposing Nazi rule during World War II. Directed by Vincent Perez, it stars Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson.

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