Natalie Portman Film 'Knight of Cups' Directed by Terrance Malick to Debut at Berlin Film Festival, Trailer Released

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Natalie Portman's latest film, Knight of Cups, will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

According to CBS News, the Terrence Malick-directed film and a new film by British director Peter Greenaway are among several films chosen to screen at the prestigious festival.

Along with Portman, Christian Bale and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett also star in Knight of Cups.

The mysterious film's synopsis reads: “Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?”

In 1999, Malick won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the festival for his highly acclaimed film, The Thin Red Line."

Greenaway, who is know for The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Prospero's Books, will also premiere his new movie, Eisenstein in Guanajuato, at the festival. The film documents Russian director Sergei Eisenstein and his odyssey in Mexico making Que Viva Mexico.

Other entries announced on Monday include As We Were Dreaming from German director Andreas Dresen, who has won the festival twice before. British director Andrew Haigh will show 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney, as will Alexei German with his Under Electric Clouds. Jayro Bustamante of Guatemala will have his directorial debut with Ixcanul Volcano shown at the festival.

Disney's Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden and Lily James, will have its international premiere at the festival, but will not compete.

The 65th Berlinale — scheduled for Feb. 5-15 — is significant because it's the year's first major European film festival and sets the tone for subsequent festivals.

Director Darren Aronofsky, who directed Noah, will head the jury.

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