Terrence MalickThe first seven films for the 65th Berlin Film Festival Competition program have just been announced, slightly lifting a veil of mystery on at least one title. Included in the lineup is Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups, which will vie for prizes in its world premiere. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman star. Malick has been notorious for the secrecy that shrouds his projects and little has been known about Knight Of Cups other than that it deals with temptations, celebrity, and excess. The Berlin announcement hasn’t provided any more intel, but watchers have pondered when the film would make its first festival appearance, and its inclusion in the Berlinale’s first competition titles has just added an extra dimension to the proceedings as news begins to trickle out of Germany. Malick has won in Berlin before, taking the Golden Bear for 1999’s The Thin Red Line. His last major festival film was To The Wonder, which debuted in Venice in 2012, a year after The Tree Of Life won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. FilmNation is handling Knight Of Cups.

Also in the Berlinale mix is Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, although it’s playing out of competition. Blanchett will do double duty on the red carpet with this live-action Disney pic and Knight Of Cups. Lily James plays the titular role. Other films that made the first cut include Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Andrew Haigh’s UK title 45 Years with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Berlin runs from February 5-15. Below is the full list of films announced today:

45 Years
United Kingdom
By Andrew Haigh
With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay
World premiere

Als Wir Träumten (As We Were Dreaming)
By Andreas Dresen
With Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman, Frederic Haselon, Ruby O. Fee
World premiere

By Kenneth Branagh
With Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi und Helena Bonham Carter
International premiere – Out of competition

Eisenstein In Guanajuato
The Netherlands / Mexico / Belgium / Finland
By Peter Greenaway
With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti
World premiere

Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano)
Guatemala / France
By Jayro Bustamante
With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy
World premiere – Debut feature

Knight Of Cups
By Terrence Malick
With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
World premiere

Pod Electricheskimi Oblakami (Under Electric Clouds)
Russian Federation / Ukraine / Poland
By Alexey German
With Lui Frank, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasiya Melnikova, Piotr Gasowski
World premiere