Over 300,000 movie fans took part in this year's 64th Berlin Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, which presented approximately 400 films from all over the world. This 10-day event was headed by jury president, James Schamus, American producer known for his blockbuster "Brokeback Mountain". The film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" by American director Wes Anderson opened the Berlinale which was attended by top Hollywood stars to include Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, John Goodman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Fiennes, and many more. Other films shown during the festival included "The Monuments Men" with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Jean Dujardin and "Nymphomaniac" by the controversial Danish director Lars von Trier that included scenes containing actual sex! Twenty international contenders competed for the coveted Berlinale Prizes. The winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film went to China for "Black Coal, Thin Ice", The Silver Bear Grand Jury prize went to the British-German co-production "The Grand Budapest Hotel".
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