Burning issues from the real world will be tackled on the big screen at the Berlin film festival which starts today.Organisers say the choice of opening movie is particularly fortuitous, given the global financial crisis. The action thriller “The International” explores money laundering and the dubious practices of international banking. “Topical films are on offer at the festival this year,” said its director Dieter Kosslick. “By this, I mean films about globalisation, about the effects of the financial crisis.” Kosslick believes artists tend to have their finger on the pulse of society. “They think ahead,” he said. Berlin, Europe’s first big film festival of the year, has earned a reputation for tough, hard-hitting productions that don’t always set the box-office alight. “I hope to get a different view,” said one moviegoer in the city. “I don’t want to see films that are always in the cinema but films that I otherwise would not be able to see.” If you are looking for temporary escape from the world’s woes, plenty of “feel-good” features will be screened too. The Hollywood crime caper “Pink Panther 2”, starring Steve Martin as the hapless Inspector Clouseau, will have its international premiere in Berlin.