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Scott Thomas recalls intensity of "The Party" at Berlin fest

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Actress Kristin Scott Thomas pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Actress Kristin Scott Thomas pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas recalls feeling "a sort of panic" while making director Sally Potter's "The Party," in which she plays a politician celebrating a promotion.

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Actress Kristin Scott Thomas poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Potter described the movie Monday as "a light and loving look at the state of England, a kind of broken England." It's one of 18 films competing at the Berlin International Film Festival for its Golden Bear award.

From left, director Sally Potter, actor Bruno Ganz and actress Kristin Scott Thomas pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press From left, director Sally Potter, actor Bruno Ganz and actress Kristin Scott Thomas pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Filmed in black and white, the film follows a party to celebrate Scott Thomas' character's appointment as a top opposition spokeswoman, which then goes badly wrong.

From left, actor Timothy Spall, actress Patricia Clarkson, actor Cillian Murphy, director Sally Potter, actor Bruno Ganz and actress Kristin Scott Thomas pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press From left, actor Timothy Spall, actress Patricia Clarkson, actor Cillian Murphy, director Sally Potter, actor Bruno Ganz and actress Kristin Scott Thomas pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Scott Thomas said it was "almost like doing a play."

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas attends a press conference for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) © The Associated Press Actress Kristin Scott Thomas attends a press conference for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

She recalled "a sort of panic, knowing that we had two weeks to shoot it and ... we had to get it right the first time, because there was no room for multiple takes."

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas attends a press conference for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) © The Associated Press Actress Kristin Scott Thomas attends a press conference for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Actress Kristin Scott Thomas poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Actress Kristin Scott Thomas poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Party' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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