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Film lovers flock to Berlin

Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 01:34

The annual film festival prepares to premiere two blockbuster movies. Alicia Powell reports.

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Despite frosty temperatures Berlin is heating up for its 65th International Film Festival. Two hugely anticipated blockbusters "50 Shades of Grey" and Disney's live-action "Cinderella," will have world premieres at the festival - which put the Berlinale film festival under a bit of scrutiny. SOUNDBITE: Kaleem Aftab, film critic, saying (English): "People will be very excited about '50 Shades of Grey'. Obviously it is the highly anticipated adaptation of the E L James book, which is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson who is known more for arthouse than big, sordid blockbusters. So, we are going to see, either half of the fans are going to be ecstatic or they are going to be miserable." A rather serious film highlight is expected from Iran, such movies assure the festival remains true to its roots. SOUNDBITE: Kaleem Aftab, film critic, saying (English): "'Taxi' is an Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi, who is under arrest and forbidden for making films in Iran. And in recent years he has been making secret films. This one, I believe, he made a film entirely shot inside a taxi to avoid the authorities, so they wouldn't know that he was making a film." This year's jury will be presided over by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, who together with members of an international jury will award the coveted Golden and Silver Bears of the Competition. Nineteen films will be vying for the top prizes, which will be awarded on February 14.

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Film lovers flock to Berlin

Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 01:34