Teen lovers expected the world premiere of the last film of “The Hunger Games” hit franchise Wednesday in Berlin, whose monumental architecture served as the backdrop for much of the dystopian fantasy. The star of the wildly successful saga, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, was set to walk the red carpet in the futuristic Sony Center on historic Potsdamer Platz, alongside Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland and Josh Hutcherson.
A huge selection of supporters camped out from as early as midnight, many wrapped in aluminium heat blankets, eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the stars ahead of the rare global premier in the German capital, at 1830 GMT, before the film hits displays worldwide from November 18-20.
“I think that it is great Jennifer Lawrence started at such a young age and yet remained so level headed, so funny and cool,” said one of the fans, Celeste Sopi, 18, waiting behind steel barricades. “She’s my idol, because I aspire to be an actress also.”
Art student Ronja Kappel, 20, robust up in a sleeping bag, used the wait to draw a picture of the cast and praised Lawrence for “saying what she believes. Celebrities are told they have to be skinny, and she says she loves pizza.” “She is kind, she’s ruthless, she is independent-minded. She’s strong but merciful,” said Lawrence at a press conference in regards to the character who has battled her way through reality TV design life-and-death games. “I wish that I was able to possess a share of Lawrence’s bravery and thoughtfulness. Jennifer inspires me in every manner.” While the novels of the teen novel triology have sold 87 million copies globally, the four-part movie franchise has passed the billion-dollar (910-million-euro) mark at the box office, and Lawrence has topped Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of best-paid celebrities at $52 million.
Cast and the director also said they felt inspired by Berlin, whose massive Nazi- era Tempelhof airport building, a critical airhub serves as the setting for an explosive battle of good versus evil in the picture.
The shuttered airport terminal, a towering semi-circular edifice of the nation’s fascist past, today houses refugees who have escaped real-life war and oppression — a fact director Francis Lawrence said Nazi found “strange” really. “The city has a unique monumentalism in its architecture,” said the director, who also shot in abandoned Soviet army barracks and a former power plant in the city that, until a quarter century ago, was divided by the Berlin Wall.
“Some of the dark architecture you see in the city suits the movie perfectly,” he told the Berliner Morgenpost daily. For Moore, who plays President Alma Coin to the character, family memories were brought back by Tempelhof.
“So, it was interesting to maintain a spot that’s really historic and to be shooting something.” “Moore loved Berlin. I went to high school plus it ended up being a different Germany afterward, obviously, it was before the Wall came down. So to begin to see the city, that is the center of so much culture and so alive has been really fun for Julianne.”
Sutherland — who plays the tyrannical President Snow ruling above a post-apocalyptic state — said he hoped the story of revolution will give children in the present turbulent world hope for “a decent future”. “This is just the start,” said Sutherland, remarking on the movie adapted from the hugely popular novels by Suzanne Collins. “The objective of the — for Suzanne Collins, for Donald, everyone really who was involved in this job — is that it could be a trigger for young people around the world, everywhere. That they might see in it their doom, and the chance to get an adequate future.”