Event also unveils Camera awards
Actress Diane Kruger, editor and sound designer Walter Murch and Danish director Susanne Bier have been called for jury duty at the Berlin Film Festival, which begins Feb. 7.They join jury prexy Constantin Costa-Gavras; French actress Sandrine Bonnaire; production designer Uli Hanisch; Alexander Rodniansky, the Ukrainian president-producer of Moscow media holding CTC; and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi. Kruger, who appeared in Wolfgang Petersen’s “Troy” and Bille August’s 2007 Berlin competition screener “Goodbye Bafana,” currently stars in “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” which topped the charts in Germany after opening here last week. A multiple Academy Award winner who has worked with Francis Ford Coppola for 30 years, Murch has credits ranging from “The Godfather” to “Youth Without Youth,” as well as the upcoming “Tetro.” He has also collaborated with Anthony Minghella, Sam Mendes and George Lucas. Bier is one of Denmark’s most internationally successful filmmakers whose recent works include “Things We Lost in the Fire,” a family drama starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, and the Oscar-nominated “After the Wedding.” Bonnaire, who starred in Claude Chabrol’s “A Judgment in Stone” and Patrice Leconte’s “Intimate Strangers,” which screened in Berlin in 2004, is also taking part in this year’s Berlinale Talent Campus to discuss biopics. Bonnaire recently directed a documentary about her autistic sister (“Her Name Is Sabine”). Hanisch won the German and European film awards for his work in Tom Tykwer’s “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” and is currently working on Tykwer’s “The International,” starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. One of Asia’s most popular actresses, Shu Qi has played in more than 50 films and gained international recognition for her role in “The Transporter.” She also appeared in Stanley Kwan’s 2000 Berlinale Competition screener “The Island Tales.” Rodniansky is one of the most successful film and TV producers in Russia. In related news, the fest will present the newly designed Berlinale Camera award to Austrian thesp Karlheinz Boehm and German actor Otto Sander. The Berlinale Camera is a mark of gratitude given to personalities or institutions to which the fest feels particularly indebted. It is honoring Boehm for his achievements in German film as well as his humanitarian work as the founder of Menschen fuer Menschen (People for People). Boehm made a splash as a serial killer in Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom” in 1960 following his hugely successful role as the young Emperor Franz Josef in the “Sissi” trilogy. He has since become an activist and last year won the prestigious Balzan Award for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood among Peoples for his humanitarian work in Ethiopia.. Sander is receiving the award for his services to film and his “many memorable performances,” including his roles in Volker Schloendorff’s “The Tin Drum,” Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire” and Wolfgang Petersen’s “Das Boot.” The Berlinale also announced a Dialogue en Perspective jury made up of seven young German and French film aficionados who applied for duty. Sponsored by international French channel TV5Monde and the Franco-German Youth Office, the independent jury prize will be awarded for the fifth time to a film in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section. The prize aims to promote intercultural dialogue between German and French youth. The jury members are Marie Klein, Markus Mueller, Julian Radlmaier, Suzanne Berjot, Helene Courtel, Mehdi Haddad and Ariane Kujawski. German director-producer Peter Sehr is jury president.
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