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Under communism it fell into ruin, but 25 years after the Berlin Wall disappeared, the German town of Goerlitz now has big ambitions of giving Hollywood a run for its money.To facilitate filming on location in the far-eastern town of around 54,000 inhabitants, it has nominated a point woman to coordinate matters related to the movie world.After Germany's 1990 reunification, some 78,000 people lived in Goerlitz, but like many towns in the former East it has seen a mass exodus since, as people sought higher wages in western regions.For three months at the start of last year, Goerlitz was also the imaginary central European setting for Wes Anderson's movie "Grand Budapest Hotel".The town also has a real-life mystery of its own – for 20 years an anonymous donor has been granting the amount of $676,700 a year toward its renovation.
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