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Sex is on the menu in Berlin

1 February 2013

Sex is on the menu at this year's Berlin Film Festival - from Steve Coogan as porn king Paul Raymond to Amanda Seyfried as blue movie star Linda Lovelace.

Also showing at the 63rd Berlinale is Spider-Man star James Franco's intriguing gay drama Interior, Leather Bar and - to change the mood - the cartoon animation The Croods with Nic Cage and Emma Stone.

The festival features new films from directors Gus Van Sant and Steven Soderbergh as well as Wong Kar Wai, who chairs the Berlin jury and whose latest film - The Grandmaster - will open the festival.

DI Lovelace (1)Coogan stars in The Look of Love, director Michael Winterbottom's biopic of London porn emperor Paul Raymond while in Lovelace Seyfried plays the Deep Throat star who was brutally controlled by her husband/manager (Peter Sarsgaard).

Gus Van Sant's Promised Land stars Matt Damon as a corporate fixer determined to open a shale mine near a run-down town and Side Effects is a Soderbergh-directed thriller starring Jude Law as a psychiatrist pushing a dodgy prescription drug.

Other films showing include director Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, the third film featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as a pair of lovers almost two decades after we first met them in 1995.

Greta Gerwig stars in the romantic drama Frances Ha, the latest film from Noah Baumbach, the director of Margot At The Wedding and The Squid and the Whale.

Veteran British director Ken Loach brings his socialist sensibility to the documentary The Spirit of 45, an examination of the events leading up to the post-war creation of the welfare state.