Cinema for Peace kicks off with ‘Good Night’

Clooney, Haslov pic set the stage for fundraiser

George Clooney and Grant Haslov’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” is set to scoop top honors at tonight’s Cinema for Peace charity fundraiser.

Clooney will be in L.A. at the Oscar nominees’ lunch but will make a specially videotaped appearance.

The award will be collected on his behalf by ex-U.S. Air Force Reserve officer Milo Radulovic, one of communist witch-hunter Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s victims who features in the film.

“Our international jury of directors, producers and journalists chose the film for its staunch defense of freedom of the press,” Cinema for Peace founder and organizer, live entertainment producer Jaka Bizilj, said.

Other awards will be unveiled tonight.

Established following the events of 9/11 and now in its fifth year, Cinema for Peace has again attracted a star-studded line-up.

Event kicked off Saturday with screenings at the Hackesche Hof cinema of “All The Invisible Children.” and Michael Caton-Jones’ Rwanda drama “Shooting Dogs.” Among those attending were Christopher Lee, Katja Riemann, and for “Shooting Dogs,” Michael Caton-Jones, John Hurt and Dominique Horwitz.

Monday’s gala evening is hosted by Milla Jovovich and Richard Gere.

Other guests expected for the blowout include Bob Geldof, Michael Winterbottom, Christopher Lee, Richard Curtis, Katja Riemann, Heide Simonis, Michel Gondry, Ornella Muti, Wim Wenders, Chinese star pianist Lang Lang, Tibetan exile singer Soname Yangchen — and the Chinese ambassador.

Monies raised go to UNICEF, Aids research charity Amfar and Richard Gere’s Healing the Divide.

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