Berlin fest reopens 'Heaven's Gate'

COLOGNE -- A newly restored and uncut version of Michael Cimino's epic 1980 western, the financially disastrous Heaven's Gate, will screen at this year's Berlin International Film Festival in the International Forum sidebar, organizers announced on Thursday. Cimino's monumental depiction of the 1890s Johnson County Wars in Wyoming was the director's follow-up to his Vietnam classic The Deer Hunter. But Heaven's Gate, which featured an all-star cast including Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt and Isabelle Huppert, was a boxoffice flop blamed for single-handedly bringing down production studio United Artists. The forum will screen the original 225-minute cut of the film, which was never released commercially in Europe. The forum will also feature the European premiere of Michael Epstein's new documentary on the film's evolution and the ensuing financial fall-out: Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of 'Heaven's Gate'.

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