The Berlin Film Festival has added George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men to its official program. This is the second film announced by the fest which kicks off on February 6th. Both Monuments Men and the recently-set Berlin opener The Grand Budapest Hotel were shot in Germany. This will be the international premiere of Monuments Men, which is based on a true story and focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by the Allies with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. The subject is especially timely given that just this week, about 1,500 works of art were discovered in a Munich apartment, allegedly including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Edvard Munch and Emil Nolde. “Over five million cultural assets stolen by the Nazis were returned to their countries of origin in the years following World War II. As the recent discovery in Munich demonstrates, the art theft of that time is as current as ever. The Monuments Men finally gives this little-known subject a worldwide audience,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick. This is Clooney’s second directorial appearance in the official program after 2003’s Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. Clooney also co-wrote, produced and stars in Monuments Men with Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. It shot at Studio Babelsberg and in Berlin, among other locations. 20th Century Fox, which has international rights, will release The Monuments Men in Germany on February 20, 2014. Sony releases in the U.S. on February 7th.
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