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McDormand tops Berlin jury

'Something's Gotta Give' thesp to lead int'l cast of filmmakers

BERLIN — Frances McDormand, who co-stars in Berlinale competition screener “Something’s Gotta Give,” is heading the international jury of this year’s Berlin Intl. Film Festival, fest organizers announced Monday.

Fellow jury members, who will award a Golden Bear to their selection for best film, a Silver Bears to a runner-up pic as well as director and thesps from the competition lineup, include Ethiopian-born filmmaker Maji-da Abdi (“The River that Divides”); Italian actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (“Nenette and Boni”); Iranian helmer Samira Makhmalbaf (“Blackboard”); German producer Peter Rommel (“Grillpoint”), Italian director Gabriele Salvatores (“I’m Not Scared”); and Dan Talbot, head of U.S. indie distrib New Yorker Films and owner of New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

The jury will also award prizes for individual artistic contribution and film music as well as the Blue Angel Prize, awarded in tribute to Marlene Dietrich, for best European film and the Alfred Bauer Prize, in memory of the Festival founder, for a work of particular innovation.

The 54th Berlinale award ceremony will be held at the Berlinale Palast Feb. 14. The fest runs Feb. 5-15.

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