Minghella to host Berlin Talent Campus

This year's focus on sound, music in film

BERLIN — Anthony Minghella, whose “Cold Mountain” is opening this year’s Berlin Film Festival (running Feb. 5-15), will serve as a host of this year’s Talent Campus, the Berlinale’s educational platform for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Minghella will be joined by his “Cold Mountain” film editor (and sound designer) Walter Murch and by writer-director Eleanor Bergstein (“Let It Be Me,” “Dirty Dancing”).

The Talent Campus, which has landed Volkswagen as a major sponsor, will be focusing on sound and music in film this year, but also looks at all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production to production, post-production and promotion, as well as the philosophical nature of cinema.

Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and production designer Ken Adam also will be on hand to discuss their work at the event, which runs Feb. 7-12.

The Talent Campus’ selection committee is reviewing some 3,600 applications from more than 100 countries and will choose 500 participants to take part in the program.

Minghella, who also was a “tutor” at last year’s Campus, has enjoyed close ties to the Berlinale since “The English Patient” screened in competition in 1997. His “The Talented Mr. Ripley” unspooled in Berlin three years later, while Tom Tykwer’s “Heaven” and Richard Eyre’s “Iris,” both of which Minghella executive produced, were selected for competition in 2002, with “Heaven” opening the fest.

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