This time Madonna wooed the audience. Unfortunately, only 200 Berlinale buyers were invited to this highly anticipated and exclusive event, which caused a frenzy on Saturday night in Berlin.
Although Madonna only showed a 20-minute footage of her second directorial effort "W.E." and was not part of the festival competition, she was the talk of the town.
The film, which took over 3 years to make, tells the parallel stories of the love affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which led to the royal’s abdication, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.
“I read everything available on this topic,” Madonna told her audience. What fascinated her? “A man who gave up the throne and power for the love of a woman.”
The film stars Abbie Cornish, Natalie Dormer, Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy and is also co-written by Madonna who stayed in a suite at the trendy Soho House during her Berlin visit.
For her screening, she wore a classic pencil skirt and fitted plaid jacket, resembling an English Land-Lady rather than a pop star.
What do you think about Madonna’s directorial efforts?