Coen brothers bring Hollywood touch to Berlin Film Fest

Meryl Streep, along with festival director Dieter Kosslick, declared the festival open

Agreeing to jury duty for the first time at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, five-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep said, “We look for inclusion – in gender, religious, community, colour, nationalities and other matters. A remark that can’t be overemphasized in the present times.

Streep, along with festival director Dieter Kosslick, declared the festival open.

“I am happy and proud to be associated with Berlinale as jury president. It is an honour” said Streep, whose career spans 40 feature films.

The Red Carpet was aglow with German and Europen stars and film personalities from all over the world - Maren Ade, Feo Aladag, Karim Aïnouz, Michael Ballhaus, Ben Barenholtz, Marie Bäumer, Meret Becker, Iris Berben, Edward Berger, Senta Berger, Christian Berkel, Tim Bevan, Sebastian Blomberg, Prof. Hark Bohm, Jürgen Böttcher, Matthias Brandt, Dietrich Brüggemann, Daniel Brühl, Daniel Burman, Cecilia Cheung and Anton Corbijn to name a few.

Four-time Academy Award winning Coen Brothers’ and the main cast of their opening night film Hail Caesar, led by two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney, brought along a Hollywood touch to Berlinale.

Is the opening film of the festival ‘Hail, Caesar’, a reminiscent of an era gone by? “It is a film for the people to enjoy,” said the Coen brothers. The film vividly brings to life the Hollywood of 50s intimately, even including the escape windows for the executives, the Leftist writers without work executing the kidnap of a leading star to fund their activities, the limo-liberals parroting their philosophies and principles drilled into them by ideologues.

The film serves as an ode to the golden era of the studio system in the 50s, haunted by dedicated executives like Eddie Mannix, the go-to man, the fixer who could fix all the problems. But even he finds the developments challenging when the main actor of ‘Hail, Caesar’ is kidnapped. Frustrated reporters hound him for a breaking story. But among all this chaos, Eddie keeps his cool and comes on top.

It’s a wonder that the directors managed portray scenes like the instance, when George Clooney was delivering the final emotional monologue in front of the God on Cross and the person on the Cross manages to scratch his legs!

Is the character of George Clooney based on any Hollywood actor of the 50s?

“One can draw comparisons with Clark Gable and a host of stars of that time, even though it is not based on any one actor,” confirmed the filmmakers.

Clooney ‘ko gussa kyon atha hai?’ When provoked about his humanity services, he said he is doing his best. A visibly angry Clooney countered, “What the questioner himself was doing for the humanity?


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