Madonna Directorial Debut Set For Berlin Festival

Madonna's directorial debut as well as indie films featuring such stars as Ben Kingsley and Moritz Bleibtreu will be among the 50 films in the Berlin International Film Festival's arthouse sidebar Pan

Madonna's directorial debut as well as indie films featuring such stars as Ben Kingsley and Moritz Bleibtreu will be among the 50 films in the Berlin International Film Festival's arthouse sidebar Panorama.

Madonna's film, "Filth And Wisdom," stars Stephen Graham ("Gangs of New York"), Richard E. Grant ("Gosford Park") and Eugene Hutz, the Ukrainian frontman for gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello. Hutz also starred alongside Elijah Wood in "Everything Is Illuminated" (2005).

About a third of the Panorama's slate is made up of documentaries, covered in the Dokumente segment that will be announced in January. Panorama films also compete for the Berlinale's audience award, which will be presented at the end of the festival.

The 58th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 7-17.