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Robert Pattinson Western Comedy ‘Damsel’ To Play In Competition At Berlin Film Festival

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Robert Pattinson Damsel Berlin

By Andrew Shuster |

Robert Pattinson Damsel Berlin

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The Western comedy Damsel starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska has been added to the competition lineup for this year’s Berlin Film Festival, it was announced Monday. The film is one of several titles that will compete for the festival’s Golden Bear award, but one of the few U.S. entries in the running.

In Damsel, written and directed by David and Nathan Zellner, Pattinson plays a businessman who travels across America to marry the woman of his dreams, played by Wasikowska. The actor has described the offbeat Western as “a kind of slapstick comedy,” and previously revealed that he’ll be composing music for the film. The movie will first hold its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month before making its international debut in Berlin.

Coincidentally, Pattinson and Wasikowska were previously attached to co-star in the 2016 Western Brimstone, but both ultimately passed on the project and were replaced by Kit Harington and Dakota Fanning, respectively. Pattinson left the movie after Wasikowska was forced drop out due to unforeseen personal circumstance, but the actor later admitted he regretted pulling out of the project.

“It’s my own stupid fault,” he told a Dutch newspaper last year when asked why Harington replaced him in Brimstone. “I had the feeling that the film would not go on after my contender Mia Wasikowska was cut off. So I was busy with other things when I was approached again.” Fortunately for Pattinson and Wasikowska, who previously co-starred together in 2014’s Maps to the Stars, they get to saddle up for another Western with Damsel.

The comedic Western is just one of three American films screening in Berlin. Also playing in competition is Gus van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Jack Black, and Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs, an animated film featuring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston and Edward Norton. The 10-day Berlin Film Festival kicks off February 15.


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