2007 Berlin Festival Opens
The Berlin Film Festival -- the Berlinale -- opened Thursday night with a biopic of French singer Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose, starring Marion Cotillard as Piaf, who died in 1963 at the age of 47. It is one of 22 films entered in competition for the festival's top award, the Golden Bear. Among the others are Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd, Steven Soderbergh's The Good German, and Gregory Nava's Bordertown. The winner will be announced on Feb. 17 by a jury headed by screenwriter Paul Schrader.