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Berlin International Film Festival 2013 Under Way

By February 1, 2013

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Winter time means movie time, and February means Berlinale: Only one more week until the 63rd Berlin Film Festival begins, one of the largest cultural events in the German capital:.The Berlinale opens on Thursday, February 7th, with the international premiere of The Grandmaster by Chinese director and president of this year's jury, Wong Kar Wai, kicking off two weeks of world-class cinema, interesting panel discussions, and star-studded parties.

Among the 400 movies presented at the Berlinale are Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land", Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha",  and Rob Epstein's and Jeffrey Friedman's "Lovelace". If you are star-struck, you can get your daily dose of celebrity at the Berlinale Palast: Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon are just a few of the stars that are expected to walk down the red carpet of the festival.

But it's not all about glitz and glamour in Berlin: The Berlinale is a political festival, with films depicting social upheaval and political awakening taking center stage. Or how about a look at the German history of film? In 2013, the festival's Retrospective "The Weimar Touch" is dedicated to the impact of Weimar cinema on international filmmaking in the period after the Nazis rose to power.

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