Bear huggers: Berlin jury selected
EmptyDanish director Susanne Bier, German actress Diane Kruger and French star Sandrine Bonnaire have signed up for jury duty at the 58th annual Berlin International Film Festival.
Headed by famed political filmmaker Costa-Gavras, the jury also includes Oscar-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch ("Apocalypse Now"), Taiwanese actress Shu-Qi ("The Transporter"), Russian film producer and CTC president Alexander Rodniansky ("East-West") and award-winning German production designer Uli Hanisch ("Perfume: The Story of a Murderer").
The four-man, four-woman jury will select the winners of Berlin's Gold and Silver Bears from among the competition films.
Kruger, Bonnaire and Shu-Qi are no strangers to the Berlinale. Kruger, famous for her breakthrough role alongside Nicolas Cage in the "National Treasure" films, was in Berlin last year for the competition premiere of Bille August's "Goodbye Bafana." Shu-Qi last appeared in Berlin in Stanley Kwan's competition entry "The Island Tales" in 2000, and Bonnaire starred in Patrice Leconte's "Intimate Strangers," a competition film in 2004.
Bier joins the Berlinale jury hot off the critical success of her English-language debut, "Things We Lost in the Fire," starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. The Danish filmmaker's previous effort, "After the Wedding," was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar.
Murch's behind-the-scenes talent has earned him two Oscars and a trophy case of other awards. Some of his best-known work includes Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather" trilogy, "The English Patient" and "Cold Mountain."
Hanisch's set for "Perfume" won him a European Film Award this year. The Munich-based veteran has done production design for almost all of Tom Tykwer's films and is again taking on duties for Tykwer's upcoming "The International."
In addition to being an accomplished producer, Rodniansky is president of Russian television group CTC, overseeing a network that reaches about 100 million people.
The festival on Tuesday also announced that Austrian actor Karlheinz Bohm and Berlin performer Otto Sander would receive this year's Berlinale Camera awards for their career work.
Bohm launched his international career in 1960 with his starring role as a serial killer in Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom." He also worked extensively with New German Cinema star Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Sander is perhaps best known to international audiences for his role as an angel in Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire" (1987) and "Far Away … So Close!" (1993).