Berlin Film Festival: ‘Budapest’ Beginnings and Shia LaBeouf’s Scene
Actor Shia LaBeouf raised more than a few eyebrows with his antics at the International Berlin Film Festival on Sunday. He exited a press conference after quoting soccer star Eric Cantona, saying: ”When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”
LaBeouf also appeared on the red carpet for the premiere of Nymphomaniac wearing a paper bag over his head. In addition to cutouts for his eyes, the bag was embellished with the words “I am not famous anymore.” Director Lars von Trier made a sartorial statement as well, showing up in a shirt reading “persona non grata,” a reference to his controversial comments at a 2011 press conference. Melancholia was being screened at the Berlin festival, also called the Berlinale, and von Trier — the movie’s director — said that he “sympathized with Hitler a little bit.”
LaBeouf plays Jerôme in Nymphomaniac. The film has already been released in Europe and was screened at Sundance, but an extended version was shown Sunday in Berlin. It is the first of a two-part installment telling the life story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac. Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick called the movie “impressive and radical” when announcing the uncut version was to be shown. Christian Slater and Uma Thurman are in the movie, as well.
The festival opened on Thursday with Wes Anderson’s latest directorial drama, The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is the third time a movie by the director has debuted at Berlin. His first Competition appearance was with The Royal Tenenbaums in 2002, and in 2005, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was presented.