The Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! to open Berlin
by Bénédicte Prot
- The 2016 edition of the Berlin Film Festival will get under way on 11 February with a Roman salute by the American siblings
The 66th Berlin Film Festival (11-21 February 2016) will be opened by the new arrival from Oscar-winning duo Joel and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar! [+see also:
film profile], a comedy about the Golden Age of Hollywood, which boasts a fabulous cast comprising such names as Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. The premise of the film is as follows: it follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
The Coen brothers, who came to fame with Blood Simple (1984), have made a huge array of cult films, such as Fargo (1996), which won an Oscar for its screenplay, and No Country for Old Men (2007). One of these films, worshipped by audiences, was in competition at Berlin in 1998: The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers have already had the honour of kicking off the Berlin-based gathering, with the western True Grit in 2011.
Dieter Kosslick, the amiable director of the Berlinale, is delighted to be offering his audiences a start to the festival marked by "the humour, the unique characters and the narrative talent" of the Coen brothers.
Hail, Caesar!, which was produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Mike Zoss Productions and British outfit Working Title Films, is being distributed globally by Universal Pictures. It will come out in German theatres on 18 February – immediately after its premiere at Berlin.
(Translated from French)