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Berlinale: Talent Campus adds to lineup

January 25, 2008

Soooo exciting!! This news story comes to you courtesy of Variety:

BERLIN — Stephen Frears, Bernd Eichinger and actress-director Sandrine Bonnaire will attend this year’s Berlinale Talent Campus to take part in the educational platform’s focus on biopics.

The event, which runs Feb. 9-14, will discuss the success of biopics and explore their popularity with auds.

Frears’ “The Queen” as well as his 1987 biopic of playwright Joe Orton, “Prick Up Your Ears,” offered insight into the lives of very different British personalities, while Eichinger enjoyed huge success with “Downfall,” a chronicle of Adolf Hitler’s final days, which he penned and produced.

Bonnaire, who played Joan of Arc in 1994’s “Joan the Maid,” recently directed a documentary about her autistic sister Sabine (“Her Name Is Sabine”).

Other high-profile industryites taking part in various Campus events include director Stephen Daldry (“The Reader”); Mike Leigh, whose “Happy-Go-Lucky” screens in competition; Hungarian helmer Istvan Szabo; helmer Mike Figgis; composer Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla (“Brokeback Mountain”); and set designer Alex McDowell (“Minority Report”).

Meanwhile, Talent Campus organizers are celebrating the selection of two competition screeners from Campus alumni.

Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke, a Campus participant in 2003, is in the running for the Golden Bear with his feature “Lake Tahoe.”

Also competing is Lance Hammer, an American participant in the 2004 Campus, who is in competition with “Ballast,” a collaboration with cinematographer Lol Crawley, who he met at the Campus.

Former talents are well-represented in other sections of the festival.

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