Berlin seeks Franco-German jury

Young folk to judge prize

BERLIN — As part of their partnership with the Berlin Intl. Film Festival, international French channel TV5Monde and the Franco-German Youth Office are looking for young film aficionados to join the jury overseeing the Dialogue en perspective award.

TV5Monde and the FGYO award the prize during the Berlinale (Feb. 7-17) to a film from the Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar.

The Berlinale is seeking “young film lovers with a passion for critical film analysis” to apply as of Thursday for jury duty. Seven German and French cineastes, aged between 18 and 29, will be selected for the jury. The seven jury members will be invited to Berlin for the entire festival, including travel costs, accommodation and half-board.

They will attend all screenings in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino during the fest and present the award to the makers of the winning film.

The aim of the Dialogue en perspective prize, which was launched in 2004, is to promote intercultural dialogue between young German and French people and to boost interest in Teutonic film among young Gauls.

The prize is awarded to films that appeal equally to critical jury members of different cultural backgrounds. At this year’s fest, the prize went to Bettina Bluemner’s docu about three teenage girls in Berlin, “Pool of Princesses” (“Prinzessinnenbad”), for its ability to pull viewers into the intimate reality of the pic’s protagonists.

“Pool of Princesses” unspooled at last month’s Festival of German Films in Paris.

Other Dialogue en perspective winners include Buelent Akinci’s “Der Lebensversicherer” and Robert Thalheim’s “Netto.”

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