An Iranian official took aim at the Berlin International Film Festival for giving a prize to dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain at the events recent awards ceremony. The film screened at the festival "illegally."
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France's The Nun and Chile's Gloria won praise in Berlin on Sunday, while footage from Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac was screened for a select crowd of buyers and Canada's Vic + Flo ont vu un ours took its bow as the country held its annual party at its embassy.
Friday's screening of David M. Rosenthal's A Single Shot had Berlinale insiders buzzing, while Saturday's premieres included two European standouts that took inspiration (of sorts) from American Westerns: Boris Khlebnikov's A Long Happy Life and Thomas Arslan's Gold starring Nina Hoss.
Joseph Gordon Levitt charmed audiences with his directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction starring Scarlett Johansson, while non-stars and improvisation ruled the day in Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's trilogy finale Paradise: Hope at the Berlinale on Friday.
The director discussed his highly anticipated new kung fu film, which will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival tonight, at a press conference alongside stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. Wong is also serving as the jury president at this year's festival.
Mira Fornay's My Dog Killer, Daniel Hoesl's Soldier Jane, and Mohammad Shirvani's Fat Shaker received Rotterdam's Hivos Tiger Awards, honoring first or second time filmmakers, while Dutch and Saudi features prevailed in other categories.