Marilyn Manson paid a visit to the Berlin International Film Festival yesterday (Feb. 12) to drum up interest for his directorial debut, a surreal-horrific look at the life of English writer Charles L

Marilyn Manson paid a visit to the Berlin International Film Festival yesterday (Feb. 12) to drum up interest for his directorial debut, a surreal-horrific look at the life of English writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his "Alice in Wonderland" pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

Manson, who will play Carroll as well as composing the score for the film, "Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll," screened a teaser and answered questions at a press conference at the Berlin Marriott Hotel. He was accompanied by U.K. supermodel Lily Cole, who has been cast in the role of Alice in the film.

Manson described the project as a "gothic psychological horror film... I want to make a psychological horror film that is unlike the kind we see today," he said. "I am more interested in making the kind of traditional horror that inspired what we see today."

Producer Alain de la Mata said the $4.2 million film will begin shooting this summer. Casting is still under way. Manson confirmed that he had discussed the project with Angelina Jolie but said he was not currently in negotiations with her.

Based on the footage screened for the press in Berlin Sunday, "Phantasmagoria" promises the kind of disturbing gothic aesthetic familiar to fans of Manson's music videos.

But Manson said the film would try to adhere closely to the facts of Dodgson's life and would not try to "change history."