Berlin fest won’t let Fifty Shades wear out wel­come

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In a move that kind of makes Ger­many’s pres­ti­gious Ber­li­nale seem kind of des­per­ate, Fifty Shades of Grey will be cel­e­brat­ing its in­ter­na­tional premiere at the 65th an­nual edi­tion of the film fes­ti­val, pro­gram­mers an­nounced this week. The press re­lease even goes so far as to call the roles of Christian Grey ( Jamie Dor­nan) and Anas­ta­sia Steel (Dakota John­son) “iconic.”

Guys, come on. This is soft-core S&M porn orig­i­nally writ­ten as fan fic­tion for Twi­light, an al­ready pretty ter­ri­ble book se­ries.

The fes­ti­val also an­nounced they’ll be screen­ing the film only once, mean­ing ei­ther they’re re­ally try­ing to build up ex­cite­ment around it or they’re se­cretly em­bar­rassed about screen­ing it at all. I’m go­ing with the lat­ter.

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Jamie Dor­nan

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Dakota John­son

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