Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Berlinale Announces Last Competition Entry: A Film By UK Street Artist Banksy

Banksy in Exit Through The Gift Shop

The Berlinale has just announced that British Street artist Banksy's film, Exit Through The Gift Shop, will complete this year's Competition section. With less than two weeks to go until the opening, the mystery surrounding the last remaining Competition entry has thus finally been lifted.

Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick is understandably proud for landing Banksy's film, for Banksy is as hip as he is elusive, and doubts remain that he will actually show up for his film's world premiere.

Rumour had it that the last remaining gap in the Competition section would be filled with Eastwood's Invictus or Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. However, landing the first film of one of the most talked about artist's of the moment for the main section - although Banksy's film will be shown out of Competition - is far more fitting for a film festival with such an artistic and political slant as the Berlinale.