Berlin Festival Names Full Jury, Including Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher

Clive Owen
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Owen joins jury president Meryl Streep in picking this year's Golden and Silver Bear award winners.

The Berlin International Film Festival on Tuesday named the full seven-person jury that will judge the lineup for the event's 66th edition.

Previously announced jury president Meryl Streep will be joined by actors Clive Owen and Germany's Lars Eidinger, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska (winner of a Silver Bear for her feature Body at last year's Berlinale), U.K. film critic Nick James and French photographer Brigitte Lacombe.

Three-time Oscar winner Streep will preside over the jury during the event, which kicks off Feb. 11. The actress and her fellow jurors will announce the winners of the 2016 Golden and Silver Bears during a gala ceremony on Feb. 20.

Owen, a Berlin regular, starred in Tom Tykwer's The International, which opened the 2009 Berlin fest. Eidinger is an acclaimed screen and stage performer whose recent film work includes roles in Olivier Assayas' Cannes feature Clouds of Sils Maria, Hans-Christian Schmid's Home for the Weekend, a Berlin competition title in 2012, and Marie Ade's Everyone Else, winner of two Silver Bears in Berlin in 2009. Rohrwacher has appeared in such features as 2014 Cannes jury prize winner The Wonders and, alongside Eidinger, last year's Berlin competition entry Sworn Virgin.

Berlin's competition lineup this year includes a few star-studded features, such as Michael Grandage's real-life literary drama Genius, toplined by Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman; Vincent Perez's Nazi-era Alone in Berlin, featuring Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson and Daniel Bruhl; and Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, starring Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver.

But foreign-language art-house titles make up the majority of films in the running, with such highlights as The Commune from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, Bosnian drama Death in Sarajevo from helmer Danis Tanovic and Soy Nero, the latest from Iranian filmmaker Rafi Pitts.

As is often the case in Berlin, some of the biggest titles are screening out of competition. So while Michael Moore doc Where to Invade Next, Lee Tamahori's family drama The Patriarch and the Coen Brothers' opening-night film Hail, Caesar! will all get Berlin red-carpet galas, none will have a shot at the Golden Bear.

 

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