Sunday 24 September 2017

Cinderella cast on show in Berlin

Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival (AP)
Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival (AP)

The team behind the new Disney adaptation of the classic fairytale Cinderella have descended on the Berlin International Film Festival.

Before the premiere, director Kenneth Branagh was joined by his cast, which includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard, Lily James and Richard Madden, for a press conference.

During the event, Kenneth - well-known for his Shakespearean works - compared the story of Cinderella to that of the great playwright.

"These basic fundamental human and family situations get seized on by great storytellers however they present it," he noted.

"But sometimes there are more similarities than distinctions so that was my experience of where the connection lay."

Lily plays the role of Cinderella while Cate takes on the part of the evil step-mother.

During the press conference one journalist joked that when they saw the cast list they expected to see Cate in the lead role, but the Australian actress retorted that would be better suited "for the Sydney drag shows".

Helena Bonham Cater injects some humor into the film with her portrayal of the fairy god-mother - which she joked was all her own creation, saying she made up all of her own funny lines.

"My whole gist or one governing factor was that maybe she was an approximate magic-maker and that she is under a huge deadline, I mean she has to save the day. And I thought well maybe she is aware of the pressure and maybe she's quite stressed about it. And also they said that she's a thousand years old so I thought that maybe there is a slight memory loss."

Cinderella is showing in competition at this year's festival.

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