Berlin 2014: French Director Denis Dercourt Heads Dialogue en Perspective Jury

The seven-member jury will judge films from the Berlinale's Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

French director Denis Dercourt (The Page Turner), who recently wrapped production on his German-language debut A Pact, will head up next's year's jury for the Dialogue en perspective prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The independent jury, which this time will include one Israeli, three German and three French cinema lovers, awards the annual honor to a feature screening in the Berlinale's German cinema sidebar, Perspektive Deutsches Kino. The prize, which comes with a $6,800 (€5,000) cash bursary, is backed by the French-German Youth Office and is aimed at honoring films that encourage cross-cultural dialoge between young people in Germany and France.

Dercourt himself has been a shining example of such cross-border communication. His psychological thriller A Pact, which stars German actors Mark Waschke (Barbara), Sophie Rois (Three), Sylvester Groth (Inglourious Basterds) and Marie Baumer (The Counterfeiters), marks the first time a French director has helmed a German-language feature shot entirely in Germany. The Match Factory is handling international sales on A Pact.

The 2014 Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 6 – 16.