Hollywood and Rhine

CHOSEN FEW: Ghosts is one German flick which could win big at the Berlin Festival

Roland Emmerich had to brace himself. The German director of such U.S. blockbusters as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow was leaving behind the warm breezes of Hollywood to plunge into wintry Berlin, because he heads the judging panel at this year's Berlin Film Festival, which starts this week. That a Hollywood player like Emmerich was chosen for the job hints at the profound changes that have swept the German movie industry. Though his country's art house élite despises his commercial movies, he can expect a warm welcome this year from a film community that has matured and broadened during...

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