Daily Briefing. Benoît Jacquot's "Farewell, My Queen" to Open the Berlinale

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The Berlinale's announced today that its 62nd edition will open on February 9 with the world premiere of Benoît Jacquot's Les Adieux à la reine (Farewell, My Queen). "All the debauchery, betrayal, power and tragedy of Marie Antoinette's court in its last days witnessed by one of her readers," promises distributor Elle Driver, where you'll find a full synopsis and a few words from Jacquot. His film, set in Versailles at the dawn of the French Revolution, features Diane Kruger as the Queen and Léa Seydoux as one of her ladies-in-waiting and is based on Chantal Thomas's award-winning novel. France Télévisions has a two-minute report from the set.

In other news. Ioncinema has begun counting down its "Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012," starting with #100: Léos Carax's Holly Motors.

BAFTA will award its annual Fellowship to Martin Scorsese on February 12.

"Film actress Salma Hayek has been awarded one of France's top honours by President Nicolas Sarkozy," reports the BBC. "Mexican-born Hayek will become a Knight of the Legion d'Honneur at a ceremony in Paris later this year."

Iran's Culture Ministry is shutting down the House of Cinema, the country's motion picture guild, reports Anthony Kaufman.

Whether or not you speak Spanish, take a look at Revista Détour.

Lists. Hammer to Nail not only lists its top 14 films of 2011, it also awards a Golden Hammer to Patrick Wang for his In the Family and a Silver Hammer to Robert Longstreet, who's appeared in Todd Rohal's The Catechism Cataclysm, Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter, Calvin Lee Reeder's The Oregonian, Michael Tully's Septien and Berndt Mader's Five Time Champion.

Filmcritic.com presents its aggregate list and individual ballots. And more new lists come from Diego Lerer, Nathaniel Rogers and Bob Turnbull.

In the works. Brad Anderson is replacing Joel Schumacher on the new Troika Pictures thriller The Hive, "the story of a 911 operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a serial killer," reports Ethan Anderton at FirstShowing.

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