Director to preside over competition jurors

Werner Herzog has been tapped to head the Berlin Film Festival jury.

The festival said Herzog had “influenced an entire generation of filmmakers.”

Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick added, “Werner Herzog’s films convey the artistic strength of cinema. We are very pleased to have this outstanding director as jury president for the 60th anniversary of the festival.”

In his almost 50-year career, Herzog has made more than 50 films.Two of his films have screened in competition at the Berlinale: his 1968 debut “Signs of Life” and 1972′s “Nosferatu.”

This year he had two pics in competition in Venice: “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” starring Nicolas Cage, and “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done,” with Willem Dafoe.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 11-21.

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