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Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen Of The Desert’, Ian McKellen-Led ‘Mr. Holmes’ & More To Premiere At The Berlin Film Festival


The Berlin International Film Festival has bolstered its already impressive lineup with a number of new additions, including the world premieres of Werner Herzog’ ‘Queen Of The Desert,’ Benoit Jacquot’s Lea Seydoux-starring ‘Diary Of A Chambermaid,’ Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi,’ and Bill Condon’s ‘Mr. Holmes.’ ‘Mr. Holmes’ is about a retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) and is based on Mitch Cullin’s novel ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind.’ The film is the second collaboration between Condon and McKellen, who previously worked together on ‘Gods and Monsters.’ Written and directed by Condon, ‘Gods and Monsters’ won the best screenplay at the Oscars and earned McKellen a best actor nomination.

‘Queen of the Desert’ is led by Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis. Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, the iconic explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century, Bell traveled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 5th to 15th, and the eight new additions to the lineup are as follows:

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