Munich/ Berlin. For the third time, the BMW Group was one of the main partners to the Berlin International Film Festival, which ended on Saturday with the presentation of the Silver and Golden Bears.
International acting stars such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Diane Kruger, Juliette Binoche, Shah Rukh Khan, Clive Owen and Antonio Banderas took their places in more than a hundred BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce vehicles, as did Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who was presented with the "Honorary Golden Bear" for her lifetime achievements.
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Festival Night, 100 years of the Babelsberg studios, MINI Shooting Stars
The highlights of the film festival included the dazzling "Festival Night" organised by BUNTE and BMW Berlin with 500 guests from the worlds of film, media and business (including Berlin's current Mayor Klaus Wowereit, Veronica Ferres and Carsten Maschmeyer, Mario Adorf, Ralf Moeller, Franziska Knuppe, Miriam Pielhau, Sabine Christiansen and Norbert Medus) and the celebrations to mark "100 years of the Babelsberg studios", at which BMW i presented its BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept cars. As part of the "EFP Shooting Stars - Europe's best young actors", ten European up-and-coming actors were able to give free rein to their creativity by designing their own MINI.
BMW Golden Bear Lounge
Once again this year, the BMW Golden Bear Lounge in the Hyatt Hotel at Potsdamer Platz was a popular meeting place for actors and film-makers. Nearly 200 famous actors recorded their names in the guest book for all eternity, including stars Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson, who presented their new film "Bel Ami" during the Berlinale, along with TV producer Regina Ziegler and actor Jürgen Vogel, Bond baddie Mads Mikkelsen and Hollywood legend Sir Christopher Lee. In the BMW Golden Bear Lounge legend Lee was reunited with the internationally popular actress Nastassja Kinski for the first time since 1976.
There was a new talk format in the BMW Golden Bear Lounge this year: Florian Gallenberger talked with actress Sibel Kekilli, director and screenplay author Dennis Gansel and director and actorMichael Gwisdek.
The film talks and the highlights of the Berlinale can be seen on BMW TV at www.bmw.de/berlinale.