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Angelina leads the obligatory Hollywood posse this year but tales about Brits in America, explorers in Africa, Nazis in space and the life of Bob Marley offer more interesting viewing

A big beast with a split personality, the Berlinale likes to parade big Hollywood names while playing films of serious political intent. In that sense, Angelina Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey is exemplary – what could be more Berlin than a directorial debut by a major movie star with the Bosnian war on its mind? Suffice to say here that Jolie's gauche portrayal of a Night Porter-type relationship between a Serb soldier and his Bosnian captive strains for significance. But it does illustrate Berlin's main problem: how to stay relevant when the better films are all held back for Cannes.

Any event that can line up Jolie, Jake Gyllenhaal (on the jury), Christian Bale (in Zhang Yimou's »

- Nick James

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