2010 Berlin jury members
EmptyPity this year's Berlin International Jury. It's hard enough picking Berlinale winners from the ranks of the 20, all-worthy competition titles. But imagine trying to convince jury president Werner Herzog that your favorite feel-good romantic comedy really deserves the Golden Bear. But from the looks of it, the 2010 jury should have no problem standing up for itself.
The Boss -- Werner Herzog
The still-untamed wild man of German cinema. Herzog likes to make up his documentaries and infuse his drama with cinema verite. Often grouped together with the New German cinema filmmakers of the 1960s, Herzog has always stood apart. His themes were not Germany's past or its current reality but an almost medieval obsession with man's relationship to God, nature and himself. At 67, Herzog is still pushing the boundaries, whether it's reinventing the nature documentary with "Grizzly Man" or twisting the Hollywood cop film into a much stranger, more compelling shape with his "Bad Lieutenant" remake.
The Star -- Renee Zellweger
Every festival jury needs a bit of stardust and Oscar winner Zellweger is just what the Berlin tabloids ordered. The Texas-born actress is no stranger to the festival. She opened Berlin in 2003 with Rob Marshall's razzle-dazzle musical "Chicago" and followed up in 2004 with Anthony Minghella's Berlin curtain raiser "Cold Mountain."
The Director -- Francesca Comencini
The Italian-born filmmaker specializes in social drama. Her Berlin Panorama entry "I Like to Work" (2004) was based on real-life tactics used by Italian companies to force employees to resign. Her latest, "White Space," focuses on a young woman whose life is torn apart by her unexpected pregnancy. It premiered in Venice last year.
The Writer -- Nuruddin Farah
Considered one of the greatest living African writers, Farah's works focus on war, social upheaval, cultural identity and the lives of women, usually in his native Somalia. One of the few literary awards he hasn't won (yet) is the Noble Prize, but Farah is a perennial nominee.
The Hometown Girl -- Cornelia Froboess
German actress Froboess gives Berlin locals someone to root for in the jury. Arguably Germany's first-ever child star, Froboess was an Annette Funicello-like teen idol, star of numerous musicals of the 1950s and '60s. She graduated to serious drama with Kurt Hoffmann's "Rheinsberg" (1967) and, later, with Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Golden Bear winner "Veronika Voss" (1982).
The Producer -- Jose Maria Morales
With his Madrid-based operation Wanda Vision, Morales has established himself as producer of just the sort of challenging arthouse fare that tends to win in Berlin. See last year's Golden Bear champ "The Milk of Sorrow" from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa or Daniel Burman's "Lost Embrace" which won two Silver Bears in 2004. Both Morales productions.
The Arthouse Queen -- Yu Nan
Chinese actress Nan won over Berlin audiences with her performance as a shy but stubborn Mongolian herdswoman assessing suitors in the 2007 Golden Bear winner "Tuya's Marriage" from Wang Quanan. This year, she'll be judging Quanan's new film, "Apart Together," which opens the 2010 Berlinale.