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The Berlinale has announced today that’ll be presenting, out of competition, the world premiere of Volume I of the long uncut version of Nymphomaniac. What’s more, Lars von Trier will attend the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, running from February 6 through 16. So far, we’ve seen first titles lined up for the Competition, Panorama, Generation, and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam carries on teasing the lineup of its 43rd edition, opening on January 22 with Spike Jonze’s Her and running through February 2. So far, we know that there’ll be a batch of 2013 festival favorites such as Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA, winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, and Joaquim Pinto’s What Now? Remind Me. We’ve also seen the first five titles set to compete for the Hivos Tiger Awards, plus five more set for the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films. And Vertical Cinema will be a program of experimental shorts.

The festival’s also announced that the Hubert Bals Fund has selected 14 film projects to receive grants for post-production and script and project development, one of them being Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s Cemetery of Kings. And 25 projects will be presented at IFFR’s co-production market CineMart in 2014, among them, Naomi Kawase’s An – sweet red bean paste.

The program for the Sundance Film Festival (January 16 through 26) is now live. The festival’s just added two new titles. First, Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here is headed for the Premieres program. You may remember that Braff raised over $3 million for the project via his controversial Kickstarter campaign.

Kevin Smith’s Clerks, which premiered at Sundance in 1994, has been restored and will screen along with Steve James’s Hoop Dreams (also 1994) in the From the Collection program. Meantime, nine films seeing their premieres during this year’s edition will screen in nine independent theaters across the country on January 30 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative. See the titles, cities, and theaters here.

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