Stiller competes in Berlin with "Greenberg"

U.S. actor Ben Stiller arrives at the premiere of the film 'Greenberg' at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

February 14, 2010 6:05:08 PM PST
Ben Stiller stars as a man seeking a way out of a midlife crisis in director Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg," premiering at the Berlin film festival.

Stiller plays a fortysomething man housesitting his brother's Hollywood home and struggling to reconnect with old friends. He is drawn into a relationship with his brother's personal assistant, played by Greta Gerwig.

The 44-year-old Stiller said ahead of the movie's premiere Sunday that his character "for a long time has felt like he had it all ahead of him and is really coming up against the fact that he doesn't."

He added: "I think that's just a part of being this age."

Baumbach wrote and directed 2005's "The Squid and the Whale." The new film is one of 20 in the Berlin festival's main competition.