Golden Bear and Silver Bears are displayed during the awards ceremony of the international Berlinale film festival on February 19, 2011 in Berlin. ©AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

(BERLIN-AFP) – The 62nd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, kicks off on Thursday with 23 productions screening in the main showcase.

Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event running to February 19, with a jury led by British director Mike Leigh selecting the winner. All the competition entries are world premieres.

Here is the complete list including the English title, director and countries where the films were produced:

“Barbara”, Christian Petzold. Germany.

“Bel Ami”, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Britain (out of competition)

“Caesar Must Die” (Cesare deve morire), Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Italy.

“Captive”, Brillante Mendoza and starring Isabelle Huppert. France/Philippines/Germany/Britain.

“Childish Games” (Dictado), Antonio Chavarrias. Spain.

“Coming Home” (A moi seule), Frederic Videau. France.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, Stephen Daldry and starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. United States (out of competition)

“Farewell My Queen” (Les adieux a la Reine), Benoit Jacquot, starring Diane Kruger. France/Spain. (opening film)

“The Flowers Of War” (Jin Ling Shi San Chai), Zhang Yimou and starring Christian Bale. China. (out of competition)

“Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate”, Tsui Hark and starring Jet Li. Hong Kong/China (out of competition).

“Home For The Weekend”, Hans-Christian Schmid. Germany.

“Jayne Mansfield’s Car”, Billy Bob Thornton and starring Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt and Kevin Bacon. Russia/United States.

“Just The Wind” (Csak a szel), Bence Fliegauf. Hungary/Germany/France.

“Mercy” (Gnade), Matthias Glasner. Germany/Norway.

“Meteora”, Spiros Stathoulopoulos. Germany/Greece.

“Postcards From The Zoo” (Kebun binatang), Edwin. Indonesia/Germany/Hong Kong/China.

“A Royal Affair” (En Kongelig Affaere), Nikolaj Arcel. Denmark/Czech Republic/Germany/Sweden.

“Shadow Dancer”, James Marsh and starring Clive Owen. Britain/Ireland. (out of competition)

“Sister” (L’enfant d’en haut), Ursula Meier. Switzerland/France.

“Tabu”, Miguel Gomes. Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France.

“Tey” (Aujourd’hui), Alain Gomis. France/Senegal.

“War Witch” (Rebelle), Kim Nguyen. Canada.

“White Deer Plain” (Bai lu yuan), Wang Quan’an. China.

Special screenings:

“Haywire”, Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, and Antonio Banderas. United States.

“The Iron Lady”, Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep, who will receive a Golden Bear prize for her life’s work. Britain.