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Linklater's 'Boyhood' is film to beat for Berlin top prizes

Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale "Boyhood" seemed the odds-on favourite to capture the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival Saturday, but dramas from Northern Ireland and Germany were hot on its heels. Critics and audiences swooned over Linklater's latest picture, a moving, leisurely paced story made over a 12-year period with the same actors including Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and the director's own daughter Lorelei.

On-screen shock, off-screen drama for von Trier in Berlin

The longer, more explicit version of scandal-courting Danish director Lars von Trier's sex addiction opus "Nymphomaniac Volume I" premiered to cheers at the Berlin film festival Sunday. But while the no-holds-barred director's cut of the film generated excitement at the 64th Berlinale, the antics of the cast and crew threatened to upstage the screening.

Racy von Trier film, film on radical Catholics, paired in Berlin

By Michael Roddy and Gareth Jones BERLIN (Reuters) - Danish director Lars von Trier premiered a "director's cut" of "Nymphomaniac" at the Berlin film festival on Sunday, but stayed away from the media on a day that also saw the premiere of a film about strict Catholicism's impact on a teenage girl.

Romania lifts ban on Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac 2'

The Romanian Cinema Board on Friday said it had lifted a ban on Danish director Lars Von Trier's controversial erotic epic "Nymphomaniac 2" and fired the official who had barred the film. The film will now be released as planned on February 7, but will be prohibited to minors. "As long as I am the head of the Cinema Board, there will not be any censorship on movies", the director of the Board Mihai Kogalniceanu told Mediafax news agency. The head of the rating commission who had initially banned the movie from theatre screenings was dismissed.

Romania bans Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac 2'

Romania has banned controversial Danish film director Lars von Trier's sexually explicit movie "Nymphomaniac Volume 2" from its screens, its distributor said Wednesday. Romania is the first European country to ban the second part of "Nymphomaniac", which tells the story of a woman's sexual awakening from childhood to age 50. Antoine Bagnaninchi, chief executive of Independenta Film, told AFP the distributor would appeal the decision, calling the ban "a very serious matter".

Von Trier to show uncut 'Nymphomaniac' at Berlin fest

Scandal-courting Danish director Lars von Trier will premiere the uncut version of his new erotic epic "Nymphomaniac" at the Berlin film festival in February, organisers said Friday. The 64th Berlinale, the first major European cinema showcase of the year, will screen the explicit coming-of-age tale starring Charlotte Gainsbourg alongside Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe out of competition.

Willem Dafoe joins Shailene Woodley in Josh Boone's 'The Fault In Our Stars'

By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES ( - Willem Dafoe has been cast as reclusive author Peter Van Houten in Josh Boone's "The Fault In Our Stars," the director has announced on Twitter. Fox's adaptation of John Green's bestselling novel stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as two cancer-stricken teens who strike up a romantic relationship as they face an uncertain future. Laura Dern ("Enlightened") and Sam Trammell ("True Blood") co-star as Woodley's parents, as TheWrap first reported.

Behind the scenes at the Cannes Film Festival

Behind the scenes at the May 15-26 Cannes Film Festival: BLOOD 'N' GUTS: Sex may be considered a bit passe at the movies these days. But directors seem to have no qualms about violence. Scenes of genitals being set alight and other horrors in Mexican film "Heli" on Thursday left some in the audience feeling distinctly queasy. And there's more bloodcurdling stuff coming up. A trailer shown on Wednesday gave a sneak preview of upcoming films including Ryan Gosling smashing a glass in a man's face in Nicolas Winding Refn's Bangkok underworld "Only God Forgives".
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