The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, just released the first batch of movies selected to compete for their prestigious Golden and Silver Bear prizes in their 62nd event to be held in February 2012, reports. Among the films picked was Pinoy director Brillante Mendoza's Captive, which tells the story of a foreign aid worker getting kidnapped by terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

Mendoza won the Best Director Award (Palme d'Or) at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival for the film Kinatay. French actress Isabelle Huppert, who has previously won two Best Actress awards at Cannes, topbills his newest film, Captive.

Other films also in the running are Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by The Hours director Stephen Daldry, The Flowers of War by Zhang Yimou, Childish Games by Antonio Chaviarrias, and Postcards from the Zoo by a director who calls himself Edwin.

For more great Filipino films, try this article on FN:


(Photo by Masha Kuvshinova via Wikimedia Commons)

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