Festival organizers said Monday that Malick's "Knight of Cups," starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman, will have its world premiere in the event's competition. British director Greenaway will bring new movie "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" to the festival.
Other entries include a directorial debut from Jayro Bustamante of Guatemala, "Ixcanul Volcano," along with films from German director Andreas Dresen, "As We Were Dreaming," and Britain's Andrew Haigh, "45 Years."
The Berlin event, which runs Feb. 5-15, is the first of the year's major European film festivals. American director Darren Aronofsky will head the jury that chooses winners of its Golden Bear award and other honors.
Malick previously directed such films as the 2012 film "To the Wonder," the 2011 film “The Tree of Life” (which was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and earned Malick a Best Director nod), and the 2005 film “The New World.” Malick was also nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his 1998 film “The Thin Red Line” as well as being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Line.”
Monitor film critic Peter Rainer was not enamored with Malick’s most recent film, “Wonder,” calling it “an agglomeration of Malick’s worst stylistic annoyances – the highflown, hollow-sounding voiceovers; the religioso-philosophical incantations often uttered by people who look like they never cracked a book” and awarding the movie a C-. However, he gave “Tree” a B, writing that he would sum it up as “’Wow! Huh?’… ‘The Tree of Life’ never really grabbed hold of me as a work of emotional intelligence. It's a phenomenal artwork but, for all its solar flares, it's cold to the touch.” He wrote positively of Malick's first film, "Badlands."