BERLIN - The 65th Berlin film festival headed into the home straight Friday after premieres from some of the world's top directors and stars.
Ahead of the gala awards ceremony Saturday, when a jury led by Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky will hand out the prestigious Golden and Silver Bear prizes, AFP picks out some of the top moments on and off screen:
BEST 'METHOD' APPROACH TO ACTING: Juliette Binoche, for "Nobody Wants the Night".
The Oscar-winning French actress, after the premiere of her much-maligned film which opened the 11-day festival, said that getting into character for the role of Arctic explorer Josephine Peary during the shoot on the sun-kissed island of Tenerife required special props.
She told reporters that she ordered a refrigerated meat truck to the set to spend time in to get into a frosty mood.
"We had to create the chills because it was really bloody warm in the studio," Binoche said.
BEST REVENGE WITH A MOVIE ROLE: British actor Robert Pattinson for "Life".
The "Twilight" heartthrob, who is often hounded by the paparazzi, said playing the photographer who helped make James Dean into an icon in Anton Corbijn's movie had made him spare a thought for the snappers in the bushes.
"I do feel like being a paparazzi for a second - I do empathise with their plight," the 28-year-old said with a laugh.
"I was filled with self-loathing, wretchedness - I wanted to really kind of harm myself at the end of every day."
BEST PERFORMANCE STANDING IN FOR AN ABSENTEE DIRECTOR: US filmmaker Terrence Malick for "Knight of Cups".
The famously reclusive Texan hasn't given an interview in several years and does not attend his own premieres.
His stars Christian Bale and Natalie Portman were left to represent the film at the festival and field questions at a packed press conference.
But it didn't stop an Eritrean reporter from putting a question to Malick.
"I have a question for the director..." he said, drawing a big laugh from the assembled journalists.
Bale and Portman blinked in silence at the expectant newsman until the actress responded tartly: "The director's not here."
BEST PREPARATION FOR A NUDE SCENE: British actor Jamie Dornan for "Fifty Shades of Grey".
The gala screening of "Fifty Shades" was the hottest ticket of the festival and Dornan, whose chiselled chest was on display in the movie's abundant sex scenes, said he wished he had had more time to work out to get ready for his close-ups.
But he added: "I actually spend quite a lot of time naked so that doesn't feel like that big a deal to a British person."