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Germany

Film Maker Emmerich to Head Berlinale Jury

German movie maker Roland Emmerich will head the jury at the Berlin film festival, which will run Feb. 10-15, the organizers announced Thursday. Emmerich, whose films include "Independence Day" and "The Patriot," got his start in the international world of cinema when his student film "The Noah's Ark Principle" was screened at the Berlinale in 1984. The organizers said that eleven films, eight of them world premieres, have so far been selected for the festival's 55th competition. They include the opener, French director Regis Wargnier's "Man to Man," and "The Aquatic Life" by American director Wes Anderson. Out of competition is "Hotel Rwanda," a British-South-African-Italian production in which director Terry George tells the true story of a hotel manager who shelters more than a thousand Tutsi refugees from a Hutu militia. Gu Changwei, one of Chinas most successful cinematographers ("Farewell, My Concubine"), will make his directorial debut with "Peacock," also a world premiere. In it he portrays the life of a family in a small town in Henan province from just after the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s through to 1984.

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