2008 Berlin Film Festival
Hilary Swank (in Versace) Catherine Deneuve and Sir Ben Kingsley were just a few of the international screen stars who turned out to celebrate-and help raise over $800,00-at the seventh annual Cinema for Peace gala at the Berlin Film Festival. Held at the prestigious Konzerthaus in the centre of the German city, the event focused on movies with messages about the preservation of the environment, tolerance and peace, and social commitment. Even though Aussie actress Nicole Kidman couldn't be there, she lent her star profile to the event via satellite. "I am honored that Cinema for Peace invited me to serve this chair for the 2008 gala, unfortunately I can't be there tonight as I'm expecting a baby," Kidman said.
-With reporting by Gaynor Flynn
After throwing the party of the season in New York City, Madonna became the most buzzed-about guest in Berlin, landing just in time for a news conference for Filth And Wisdom, her directorial debut. "The movie is about two things-the duality of life and the struggle with that duality," said the Material Girl of her documentary. "I was trying to say you can find enlightenment in either filth or wisdom."
Penelope Cruz hit the red carpet-in a gown by L'Wren Scott-to promote Elegy, one of the films competing for this year's Golden Bear award. The 33 year-old Cruz, who shares an on-screen romance with Ben Kingsley in the film, was defiant when asked about whether she plans to grow old gracefully or fight the clock. I'm looking forward to [it]," the Spanish stunner declared. "I want to experience things. I'm looking forward to having backaches and using that in my work."
Hayden Panettiere flashed her well toned gams at a photocall for the flick Fireflies In The Garden, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Panettiere wore a sequinned mini-dress by Greek designer Vlassis Holevas for her debut appearance at the festival.
Hayden Panettiere and Ryan Reynolds
After dazzling photographers with her gold mini-dress, Hayden Panettiere evoked old Hollywood glamour (in Pamela Dennis) when she re-teamed with co-star Ryan Reynolds for the premiere of Fireflies in the Garden at the Berinale Palast.
A seriously sexy Mischa Barton was the main attraction at the Viper awards, held at Berlin's Palais am Festungsgraben. Famous daughters Kimberly Stewart, Peaches Geldof and Margherita Missoni were also on havd for the chic affair.
Martin Scorsese, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger
Famed Hollywood director Martin Scorsese joined British music icons Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger-known collectively as the Rolling Stones-for a press conference about their rock doc, Shine A Light. The premiere of the concert film-which received rave reviews from moviegoers-kicked off the festival on its opening night.
Shu Qi, Costa-Gavras and Diane Kruger
Berlinale jury members Shu Qi, Costa-Gavras and Diane Kruger presented a united front at the premiere of Shine A Light on day one of the 58th annual film festival. The German-born Kruger will help decide which film takes home the coveted Golden Bear award.