However, glamour - so strongly associated with Hollywood that it seems as though it were invented there - naturally couldn't be missed at the 2013 Berlinale: among the stars on the Red Carpet were Jane Fonda, Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Matt Damon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shia LaBeouf, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Holly Hunter, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. Day for day, the stars made their way into the Berlinale Palast and just like their fans, did not let the infamous Berlin weather intimidate them. Snow fell right on time for the first gala screening of the festival.
A highlight of the 2013 Competition was Before Midnight. Richard Linklater and his co-authors and lead actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy visited the festival a third time, after 1995 (Before Sunrise) and 2004 (Before Sunset), now with a new episode in the eventful love story of characters Jesse and Céline. It pays to be a regular: Dieter Kosslick presented the surprised and happy director with a Berlinale Camera at the premiere of the film. Another long-time friend of the Berlinale, Rosa von Praunheim, was also awarded a Berlinale Camera on the occasion of the début of the homage film Rosakinder by Tom Tykwer, Julia von Heinz, Chris Kraus, Axel Ranisch and Robert Thalheim.
Strong Showing by US Filmmakers
The lack of American independent films in past Berlinale years was compensated in 2013. Panorama director Wieland Speck presented six feature films and seven documentary films from the US as the heart of his section. Speck saw a new sense of daring in the productions from across the pond, which seem to have shaken off the conservative spirit of the Bush era. But this libertine atmosphere was apparent across the whole of the Panorama programme and noticeable, among other ways, in that sex and its myriad variations was a common theme. From North America (Don Jon's Addiction by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to Asia (Something in the Way by Teddy Soeriaatmadja) to Europe (Mes séances de lutte by Jacques Doillon), lust and physicality abounded. Academy Award winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman were also in attendance, presenting their treatment of the story behind Deep Throat, the most successful porno of all time.