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Germans Skewer Trump at Berlin Film Festival Opening

9 February 2017 11:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The opening night of the Berlinale was all about politics, from the red carpet, where Green Party politician and Bundestag vice president Claudia Roth sported a black dress adorned with the word “Unpresidented” in large letters – an apparent dig at U.S. President Donald Trump’s spelling aptitude and/or his perceived behavior as commander-in-chief – to officials and speakers taking the stage to talk about free speech, free art and resistance to oppression.

At Thursday’s ceremony in the Berlinale Palast, the new U.S. administration even took some hits from the evening’s host, German comedian and actress Anke Engelke. She had a question for international guests: “Are you here for the festival? Or is someone keeping you from going back to your home country?” That got a big laugh.

Engelke drew loud laughs as she greeted the jury, noting that last year Meryl Streep served as jury president. »

- Ed Meza

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