Berlinale names competition jury


COLOGNE, Germany -- Danish director Susanne Bier, German actress Diane Kruger and French star Sandrine Bonnaire are among the names to sign up for jury duty at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.

The jury, headed by famed political filmmaker Costa-Gavras ("Z," "Missing") 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 this year's Berlinale competition films.

Actresses Kruger, Bonnaire and Shu-Qi are no strangers to the Berlinale. Kruger, famous for her break-through role alongside Nicolas Cage in the "National Treasure" films, was in Berlin last year for the In Competition premiere of Bille August's "Goodbye Bafana." Shu-Qi last appeared in Berlin in Stanley Kwan's in-competition entry "The Island Tales" in 2000 and Bonnaire starred in Patrice Leconte's "Intimate Strangers," a Berlinale 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 a 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 Coppolla'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, Alexander Rodniansky is one of Russia's most powerful media figures. As president of television group CTC, he is responsible for a network that reaches around 100 million people in one of the world's fastest-growing markets.

The Berlin Film 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 lives' 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, appearing in films such as "Martha" (1973), "Effi Briest" (1974) and "Mother Kuster's Trip to Heaven."

Otto 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). One of Germany's biggest theater stars, Sander also appeared in a key role in Wolfgang Petersen's submarine epic "Das Boot" (1981). Bohm will receive his Berlinale Camera in the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 13. The ceremony will be followed by a special screening of "Peeping Tom."

Sander will be honored on Feb. 15 at the Palast, followed by a screening of one of his parade roles, that of the eponymous character in Rene Perraudin's film "The Case of Mr. Spalt." Sander's co-star in "Wings of Desire," actor Bruno Ganz, will present the award.