Sherwan Haji, far left, plays a Syrian refugee in Finland in Aki Kaurism?ki’s “The Other Side of Hope.”
Photo Malla Hukkanen © Sputnik Oy
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The Berlin film festival, the first European cinema showcase in the calendar year, gets underway Thursday, bringing a parade of stars to its famed red carpet.Nearly 400 movies will be screened during the 11-day-long Berlinale, now in its 67th year, and many of its titles are generating buzz.Geoffrey Rush plays Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti in "Final Portrait," directed by Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci.Holland is one of four female filmmakers in competition this year, including Britain's Sally Potter who has brought together Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Bruno Ganz and Kristin Scott Thomas for "The Party," set during one night in contemporary London.This year's biggest blockbuster is the latest Wolverine installment of the X-Men superhero series, "Logan" starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Richard E. Grant, which will have its world premiere.
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