BERLIN (AFP): A new movie by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi and a period drama starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson will premiere at next month’s Berlin film festival, organisers said Wednesday. The 65th annual event running February 5 to 15 will feature the first screening of ‘Taxi’ by Panahi, who was detained for a documentary he tried to make on the unrest following Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election and officially banned from making more films for 20 years.

The event known as the Berlinale said German veteran Werner Herzog would unveil ‘Queen of the Desert’ featuring Kidman as British adventurer and spy Gertrude Bell and the former ‘Twilight’ heartthrob Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.