Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger make 'Unknown' movie premieres an international event
After Liam Neeson led the pack at the "Unknown" movie premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday, Diane Kruger and Sebastian Koch picked up the torch for the thriller's screening at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival on Friday in Germany.
German-born Kruger was on the scene in Westwood as well, along with cast members January Jones and Aidan Quinn. Exec producer Susan Downey brought hubby Robert Downey Jr., while Kim Kardashian showed up in a big, white swing coat that in theory could hide any number of pregnancies (see photo No. 7 in this picture gallery, which includes more shots from thge red carpet in L.A.).
Director Jaume Collet-Serra also showed for both events, joined Friday by cast members Karl Markovics, Eva Loebau and Petra Schmidt-Schaller. "Unknown" is being shown out of competition in Berlin.
Neeson found himself back in an action role after his thriller "Taken," set primarily in Paris, did big box office after its January 2009 release. "Once that happened," critic Kenneth Turan said in The Times' "Unknown" movie review, "every Hollywood studio must have scoured the Earth in search of a similar story that would allow Neeson to once again lose his temper and take on the world."
"Unknown," which opened Friday in the U.S., is also screening Saturday at the festival in Berlin, the city where the story takes place.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photos: Liam Neeson, left, at the "Unknown" movie premiere in Westwood on Feb. 16, 2011, and Diane Kruger, right, launching the film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 18, 2011. Credits: Jason Merritt / Getty Images, left; Andreas Rentz / Getty Images, right.