The Berlin International Film Festival has announced that the opening film of its 66th edition will be Hail, Caesar! by the Coen Brothers.
This will be the second time a film by the Coen Brothers will open the Berlinale, after True Grit starring Jeff Bridges opened the festival back in 2011.
The film follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer, played by Josh Brolin, who gets a call that Baird Whitlock, played by George Clooney, has disappeared from the shooting of the studio’s latest sand-and-castles epic Hail Caesar, a Tale of Christ’s Life.
It is set in the fifties, during the Golden Age of the Hollywood studio system, and appropriately, along with Brolin and Clooney, it features an all-star cast, including Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum and Tilda Swinton.
Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick said in a statement: “It’s wonderful that Joel and Ethan Coen are once again opening the Berlinale. Their humor, unique characters and fantastic narrative skill are guaranteed to thrill the audience. Hail, Caesar! is the perfect start for the 2016 Berlinale”.
Hail, Caesar! is produced by the Coens together with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner through Mike Zoss Productions and Working Title Films. Universal Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on Feb. 5 and then worldwide following its Berlinale bow.