The prestigious Berlin Film Festival has added George Clooney's "The Monuments Men
" to their program.
A German-American co-production, the screening will serve as the film's international premiere.
Clooney stars and directs his own screenplay, adapted from a book by Robert M. Edsel titled "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History," and Grant Heslov produces.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, "The Monuments Men" is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany, behind enemy lines, to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of a discovery of more than 1,400 significant artworks by Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and others, valued at over $1.4 billion, in a Munich apartment.
Festival director Dieter Kosslick said,
"Over five million cultural assets stolen by the Nazis were returned to their countries of origin in the years following World War II. As the recent discovery in Munich demonstrates, the art theft of that time is as current as ever. The Monuments Men finally gives this little-known subject a worldwide audience."
"The Monuments Men" boasts an all-star cast, including AiF Ambassador Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.