_41325468_altman_getty203Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop’s blog about Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion” screening at the Berlin International Film Festival was one of the first to suggest that Altman’s radio drama is the frontrunner of the 2006 Berlinale. The Aussie’s report also has interesting tidbits from the press conference with Robert Altman, Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan. We’ll have to wait and see what Charlotte Rampling and jury decide is the best film of the festival, but Rubinsztein-Dunlop is giving Altman’s movie his vote: “Judging from the critical response, this is my pick so far for the Golden Bear.” It appears that The Guardian agrees saying that “critics left its screening in raptures.” Geoff Andrew of the Time Out Movie Blog reports that he “arrived too late in Berlin to attend the press screening, and there were no tickets left for the official premiere screening, but I did manage to get into the first screening attended by the public, who responded to the movie with huge enthusiasm, much laughter, and very lengthy applause.” So, it appears that Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion” may be both a critical and commercial success if the rest of the world goes the way of Berlin.

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