Sehr to head Berlin perspective jury


MUNICH -- German director-producer Peter Sehr will head the 58th Berlin International Film Festival's audience-based Dialogue en perspective jury, organizers said Thursday.

Sehr, who teaches at the University of Television and Film in Munich as well as the Film Academy of Baden-Wuerttemberg, is no stranger to German-French film relations. He directed the Franco-Teutonic co-production "Obsession" (1997), starring Daniel Craig, for which he was nominated for a German Film Prize and invited to Sundance.

His "Kaspar Hauser" (1993) won the German Film Prize, and he received a Silver Leopard in Locarno for 2001's "Love the Hard Way," with Adrien Brody. His latest film is a German-French-Spanish co-production titled "The Anarchist's Wife," which he directed with his wife, Marie Noelle.

The Dialogue en perspective award is presented to the director of a film in the Berlinale's Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar and is sponsored by the francophone TV channel TV5 Monde and the German-French Youth Office. The jury is made up of German and French applicants from the general public between the ages of 18 and 29.

The 58th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 7-17.