Paolo Sorrentino joins Locarno jury

Masahiro Kobayashi, Bertha Navarro also named jurors

ROME -- Paolo Sorrentino, fresh off winning the jury prize at the Festival de Cannes for his film "Il Divo," will appear on the main competition jury for the 61st Locarno Film Festival.

Also on the jury are Mexican producer Bertha Navarro and Japan's Masahiro Kobayashi, who took Locarno's top prize in 2007 for "Ai no yokan" (The Reirth).

The trio will be joined during the Aug. 6-16 festival by local Swiss director Dani Levy, a one-time Berlin Golden Bear nominee and now a top director of Swiss comedies.

Signing on to the jury was the first major move for the Naples-based Sorrentino since he became one of the toasts of the Italian cinema scene for his Cannes prize, which came in his third appearance there.

Navarro is best known as the regular producer for Guillermo del Toro, while Kobayashi, a cult favorite, surprised critics in Locarno by unexpectedly taking home the Golden Leopard prize.

The full lineup for Locarno's 20-film competition slate will be announced July 17.
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