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US Embassy Celebrates Opening of American Film at Jewish Film Festival

April 10th, 2014
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News from Berlin - The US Embassy in Berlin has celebrated the Jewish Film Festival with over 100 guests at the Ambassador’s Residence in Berlin-Dahlem. It is the first time in the festival’s history that the event has opened with an American film, romantic comedy “Fading Gigolo”. American film director, screenwriter and lead actor of the film, John Turturro, was in attendance as the guest of honor, alongside popular German actors and actresses, screenwriters and directors. These included Yasemin Samdereli, Annika Kuhl and Max Raabe, as well as representatives of the Babelsburg film studios.

The function on March 29th commemorated the first time that a U.S. movie has ever been shown at the festival’s opening since its inauguration almost 2 decades ago. The film, which stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis, also launched the film festival a day later in Potsdam. The festival provides numerous opportunities to appreciate the cinematic tributes to Jewish life, including feature films, documentaries and short films from Germany, France, Israel, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Argentina. In his welcoming speech, Ambassador Emerson emphasized the importance of international festivals to express the diversity of culture and identity. The festival will run until April 13th.

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