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Romania wins 'Golden Bear' at Berlin film festival 2013 (11 images)

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Jude Law is the psychologist whose prescriptions get him into trouble, Matt Damon is the environmental activist who is on a mission to save his land from fracking, Jane Fonda is the star whose limelight is almost stolen by topless Femen activists on the red carpet - all of this at the 63rd Berlin film festival, which took place between 7 and 17 February 2013. The real stars of the show was eastern European and Balkan cinema. Images by Polish photographer Katarzyna Swierc

Golden Bear goes to Romania

For the first time ever in his country's history, Calin Peter Netzer scoopted the top prize for his film Child's Pose, a tragedy about a mother and son in a corrupt land. The Bosnian Nazif Mujic won best actor in An Episode in the Life of an Iron-Picker, a film by oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic (Image: © Richard Hübner/ Berlinale 2013)

The Jury

Who was it who came to this lovely conclusion? Meet the jury: (L-R) US actor Tim Robbins, German director Andreas Dresen, Iranian director Shirin Neshat, president Wong Kar-Wei, Danish director Susanne Bier, Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari and camerawoman Ellen Kuras (Image:  ©Katarzyna Swierc)

Tim Robbins

Robbins is the star of Mystic River (2003) and 2011's Green Lantern (Image: © Katarzyna Swierc)

'Side Effects'

American director Steven Soderbergh with his leading lady for Side Effects, Rooney Mara (Image: © Katarzyna Swierc)

Steven Soderbergh, Rooney Mara, Jude Law

Jude Law is the psychologist who does not ease the depression of  Rooney Mara's character in Soderbergh's follow-up to Contagion (2011), the psychological thriller Side Effects. The film is out in the UK on 8 March; more European release dates here (Image:  ©Katarzyna Swierc)

'Before Midnight'

Director Richard Linklater is reunited with French and American actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for the third and final instalment of the Before Sunset/ Before Sunrise series of films. Nine years later, how are the lovers Jesse and Céline faring? Before Midnight is out in June 2013 in Germany (Image:  © Katarzyna Swierc)

Ethan Hawke

Fot.:  ©Katarzyna Swierc

'W imię...'

The W imię... crew with Polish director Malgoska Szumowska worked on a film about homosexuality in the Polish priesthood  (Image: © Katarzyna

'Promised Land'

Gus Van Sant is back with Promised Land, starring US actors John Krasinski and Matt Damon in an environmental drama about the practises of fracking.The film is released in the UK on 19 April 2013 (Image:  ©Katarzyna Swierc)

Rock on the red carpet

The British band Status Quo star as themselves in the feature movie Bula Quo! (Image: © Katarzyna Swierc)

Jane Fonda & Femen

Jane Fonda and Isabella Rossellini left the red carpet just as the protesters from Femen jumped their limelight; one of the few 'scandals' the festival had to offer, until the next year (Image:  ©Katarzyna Swierc)

Translated from Berlinale 2013: Erinnerungen und ein Bär für Rumänien

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