berlinRobert Altman’s film adaptation of Garrison Keillor’s popular radio program “A Prairie Home Companion,” is one of twenty-three entries in the official program of the Berlin International Film Festival. The 56th Berlinale, the first major European film festival of 2006, runs February 9-19. The February 12 screening of “A Prairie Home Companion” will be the first public screening of Altman’s most recent film and one of nineteen world premieres to be held at the festival. “A Prairie Home Companion” has a stellar ensemble cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Maya Rudolph, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly and Garrison Keillor, who plays himself. Tim Russell and Sue Scott, known for their work as voice-over talent and radio actors on “A Prairie Home Companion,” are also featured in Altman’s film adaptation. The eight-member international jury that will award the festival’s top Golden Bear prize is led by Charlotte Rampling.

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