BERLIN, Feb. 11, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Actors George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, director Ethan Coen, actors Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton and director Joel Coen (L-R) pose during a photocall to promote the movie 'Hail, Caesar!' at the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Zhang Fan)
BERLIN, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The 66th Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, kicked off here on Thursday night with the star-studded U.S. comedy film "Hail, Caesar!"
Directed by the Coen brothers, "Hail, Caesar!" had its international premiere with an array of stars in the ensemble of the new film.
Josh Brolin plays a go-to man for all kinds of problems during the run-of-the-mill madness of daily life at one of the big studios of Hollywood in the early 50s, while George Clooney plays the star of a monumental epic named "Hail, Caesar!" who got kidnapped.
Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick and jury president Meryl Streep as well as countless movie stars also attended the opening gala on Thursday.
In addition to the three-time Oscar-winner and U.S. actress Meryl Streep, the seven-member international panel included German actor Lars Eidinger, British film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, British actor Clive Owe, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher as well as Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska.
From Feb. 11 to 21, a total of 434 films from 77 countries and regions will be screened at the festival, among which 18 films will run for the golden and silver bears awards.
Chinese film "Crosscurrent" will compete at Berlinale this year.