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Natalie Portman arrives for the premiere of her new movie. "It was really exciting for me to make a movie that raises these questions," she said of the politically-charged flick
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Milla was sporting a vintage-style cream cocktail dress when she arrived to host the Cinema For Peace gala
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MILLA AND NATALIE BRING PEACE TO BERLIN

14 FEBRUARY 2006

Two of Hollywood's most sought after actresses showed just how disarming they can be when they jetted into Berlin this week. Natalie Portman and Milla Jovovich proved high-octane glamour and the peace agenda can go hand-in-hand as they made a thought-provoking visit to the German capital.

The Ukranian actress met up with anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof at a charity gala staged on the sidelines of the Berlinale Film Festival. The Cinema For Peace event, which honours those actors and directors who have done most to further humanitarian causes, raises money for Unicef and the American Foundation for Aids Research.

Milla, looking stunning in a vintage-style cream cocktail dress, was chosen to host this year's bash. Also in attendance was Lord Of The Rings star Christopher Lee, who called on other showbiz stars to speak out for the sake of future generations. "The world today is such a mess and the children are suffering so much that anyone who can help by talking about it should do so," said the 83-year-old. "If you are well-known to the public, I think it's an obligation."

Natalie Portman was meanwhile presenting her latest flick, V For Vendetta, which tackles the thorny issue of terrorism. The diminutive star, who originally hails from Israel, said she hoped the movie would make people question the causes of political violence. "It's a topic that's so central in our dialogue today and especially in some places in the world, such as Israel where I was born and have spent so much time," explained the actress. "It was really exciting for me to make a movie that raises these questions."

Among the other big names turning heads in Berlin on Monday was Scottish heart-throb Ewan McGregor, who was in town for the screening of his latest thriller Stay.


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