Berlinale reception

On February 10, 2015, Ambassador and Mrs. Emerson hosted a reception for nearly 350 guests in honor of the American ties to the 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), one of the world’s leading film festivals, featuring over 400 films each year. The reception honored the German-American cooperation in the film industry with a focus on those Studio Babelsberg Hollywood productions that have won or have been nominated for Academy awards. Special recognition was given to the film “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which has been nominated for nine Oscars and to the film “Selma,” which had its international premiere the same evening. The director of “Selma” Ava DuVernay as well as actors David Oyelowo and Colman Domingo were among the guests at the Embassy, as was the entire International Berlinale Festival Jury, including well-known German actor Daniel Brühl and Jury President Darren Aronofsky. Other notables included German actor Christoph Waltz, actresses Sibel Kekilli and Dennenesch Zoudé, German directors Oliver Hirschbiegel and Volker Schlöndorff, African-American-German filmmaker and actor Mo Asumang, Turkish-German award-winning actrress Yasemin Samdereli, and Iranian filmmakers Ayat Najafi and Farhad Payar as well as American chef, activist and author Alice Waters who received the Berlinale Kamera this year. In addition, several members of the Academy of Motion Pictures and representatives of the European Film Market were present. In their remarks, the Ambassador and Mrs. Emerson highlighted the German-American cooperation in the entertainment industry and talked about the history of the Berlinale as a German-American Marshall Plan project.