Bel Ami in Berlin!

The last week for me has been a little manic, Last Saturday I decided to try my luck at entering a competition on The Twilight Saga: Official UK Facebook page. To enter I either had to enter a multiple choice question or film a one minute video summarising the Twilight movies so far. I decided to put in the extra effort and do the video even though I absolutely hate being on camera and my voice being recorded.

I got a call at 17.15pm on the Monday informing me that I won. To say I was in shock was an understatement. I hardly spoke to the lady on the phone and cut my leg open jumping up from my desk.

You can see my winning video here

Wednesday  15 – Thursday 16th February 2012.

The next few days were full of planning and packing. Due to lack of trains and buses to the airport I spent 5 hours alone in gatwick in the cold. When my friend turned up we checked in and headed on over to our plane. I am so glad that before leaving We met up with a fellow fan (Hello Monika!) because had we not, myself and my friend would still be in the airport.

After the short flight, we headed to our hotel and had a nap. (We had not slept due to the time of the flight). We then went about with the rest of our days.

Friday, 17th February 2012.

Friday was the day of the Berlinale events, Myself and my friend headed over to the hotel where the junket for Bel Ami was going on. We were greeted with a pretty poster, we collected our tickets and directions to the venue and went on our way back to our rooms and had lunch and got ready. We arrived at the premiere location around 3 hours before it was due to start and were shocked at how quiet (apart from a band that were playing) it was. There were a small number of people around in the centre of the carpet area. Me and my friend hopped to a spot on the barrier and waited.


Rob was the first to arrive from the cast, He headed straight over to the side that I was on which sent me in to a little bit of a frenzy. I can’t remember much of what happened but when he came to me my friend had to ask him for a photo with me on my behalf as I couldn’t find the words.

Courtney asked him to sign her small Bel Ami card/poster that a lady, who I assume was from Studio Canal or the PR company, handed out to everyone. I then got a photograph, my friend then got a photograph. Then my friend realised her picture didn’t actually take so she called him back to us and got another one and I too got my poster signed. After we met Rob we both decided that the other cast didn’t matter and that we should head inside to the screening so that we didn’t miss anything.

After watching the rest of the Red Carpet arrivals from the comfort and warmth of our seats  everyone took their (including Robs family who were sat just behind us), the cast; Rob, Christina Ricci and Holliday Granger as well as some of the crew from the film, walked in and sat just behind us (O.M.G!) They got up in turn and gave a wave to the audience. A lady introduced the film and the cast snuck out as the film began. The cast headed over the road to a cinema that had fans from outside in who were given tickets to also see the movie.

Once the film had finished and the credits had rolled (Film festival premieres are very different from general premieres), no one left and me and Courtney just sat staring at each other wondering what to do. The lights stayed down and the claps went on throughout the whole 7 minute credits. Once the lights came up, the cast came on stage. The ladies recieved flowers and the announcer from before asked Rob a few questions and then then cast left. I recorded the casts entrance, exit and question time you can view them on the links below.

You can view my videos here: 1 / 2 / 3

The Film (Spoilers)

I may be biased as I am a huge fan of all of Robs projects but I think he was brilliant in this movie. He had great chemistry with the cast especially Christina Ricci. There are some really funny moments throughout which had the whole audience laughing, and angry Duroy is awesome.

WARNING: The film has a lot of sex scenes in it which may prove for uncomfortable viewing if you go with your parent(s).

I have more photos on my livejournal here

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