On February 8, 2014, Ambassador and Mrs. Emerson hosted an exclusive luncheon reception for nearly 300 guests in honor of the American ties to the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), one of the world’s leading film festivals, featuring over 400 films each year. The diversity and the broad spectrum of the 10 sections of the Berlinale were represented at the event. Well-known German actors Bruno Ganz, Maria Furtwängler, Ursula Karven, Marion Kracht, Doris Dörrie, Caroline Beil, and Lars Eidinger were among the Embassy’s guests. Other notables at the reception included African-American-German filmmaker and actor Mo Asumang, Turkish-German award-winning actors Yasemin Samdereli, Sila Sahin, Siir Eloglu and Iranian filmmakers Ayat Najafi and Farhad Payar as well as the President of the Producers Guild of America Hawk Koch and the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Associaton of America, Senator Christopher Dodd. Also present were several heads of German and American film companies and major film studios as well as media representatives. The reception honored the 2014 Berlinale opening film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and the movie “Monuments Men” that tells the story of an Allied group tasked with saving art treasures and valuable objects before their destruction by the Nazis during World War II. Both films are German-American co-productions and were co-produced by the Babelsberg Film Studios which provided extensive decorations from these two movies for the Embassy facilities.