Tom Tykwer Named Berlin Festival Jury President

Tom Tykwer

The 'Run Lola Run' and 'Cloud Atlas' director has premiered six of his films at the Berlinale.

German director Tom Tykwer has been tapped as jury president of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.

The helmer of Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and A Hologram for the King is one of Germany's best-known and most successful filmmakers and one inextricably linked with the city of Berlin, where he lives and first started in the film business, initially as a projectionist and programmer for the art house cinema Moviemento and then as a founding partner in the leading indie production company X Filme Creative Pool.

Tykwer is also intimately connected to the Berlinale, where he has presented six of his films in the past, two of which opened the premier German fest: Heaven in 2002 and The International in 2009.

“The Berlinale has always been my favorite and my home film festival, and has supported me since I began working as a filmmaker,” Tykwer said Thursday in a statement. “We have a fantastic and broad history with each other. Now I can look forward to two focused and fun weeks of films with the jury.”

With Tykwer, the fest has nabbed a true cinephile whose eclectic tastes run from the obscure — he was an early champion of Canadian auteur Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg) — to the decidedly mainstream. His own work has wandered across scales, genres and styles, from the low-budget, high-concept action of Run Lola Run to the high-end period glamor of literary adaptation Perfume: The Story of a Murderer to the crime/sci-fi/comedy mashup of Cloud Atlas, which he co-directed with the Wachowski siblings.

In addition to writing, helming and often producing his own films, Tykwer typically composes their soundtracks as well.

Most recently, he has moved into high-end TV, producing, co-writing and co-directing Babylon Berlin, a period crime drama set in Berlin in 1929 and the most expensive German-language series ever made.

The 2018 Berlin International Film Festival is set to run Feb.15-25.