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'Gangs of N.Y.' to Close Berlin Festival

The Associated Press

Martin Scorsese's epic "Gangs of New York" will close this year's Berlin International Film Festival, organizers said Monday, filling a high-profile slot at the Berlinale's 53rd edition with a Hollywood blockbuster.

The adaptation of Herbert Asbury's 1928 novel about 19th-century wars between immigrant gangs will show after the jury awards the Golden Bears at a Feb. 15 gala. It was unclear whether stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis will attend.

Organizers said last month that the Feb. 6-16 festival will open with Broadway choreographer Rob Marshall's big-screen debut "Chicago." Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere are among the cast in the film version of the hit musical.

This year's retrospective is to be dedicated to F.W. Murnau, the German director of silent movie classics such as "Nosferatu," who emigrated to the United States in 1926 but died in a traffic accident five years later.

Also being lauded is 70-year-old French star Anouk Aimee, who will receive a Golden Bear for her life's work with directors including Federico Fellini, Sidney Lumet and Robert Altman.

"Gangs of New York" and "Chicago," both of which premiered in the United States in December, are screening outside the competition, whose full lineup has yet to be released.

Last year, British director Paul Greengrass' dramatization of the most infamous incident in Northern Ireland's troubles, "Bloody Sunday," shared the Golden Bear award for best movie with "Spirited Away," an animated adventure from Japan's Hayao Miyazaki.

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