Isabella Rossellini to lead Berlin jury

Thesp first attended film festival in 1994

BERLIN — Isabella Rossellini has been tapped to head the Berlin Film Festival jury next year.

Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick described Rossellini as “a multifaceted, creative film artist with extensive experience in European, American and international cinema.”

The daughter of Italian director Roberto Rossellini and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman started out as a fashion designer and journalist.

Her acting debut came in 1976, when she appeared alongside her mother in Vincente Minnelli’s “A Matter of Time.” She then went on to star in films by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, John Schlesinger, Peter Weir, Abel Ferrara, Guy Maddin and Peter Greenaway, but attracted international fame for her performance in David Lynch’s 1986 drama “Blue Velvet” and 1990’s “Wild at Heart.”

Rossellini first attended the Berlinale in 1994 as the star of Weir’s competition screener “Fearless.” Since then she has been a regular guest in Berlin.

In 2005 she created the short film “My Dad Is 100 Years Old” with Canadian experimental filmmaker Guy Maddin, an homage to her father that screened in the Berlinale Special sidebar in 2006.

In 2007 she returned to Berlin as a narrator for Maddin’s experimental silent film “Brand Upon the Brain!,” which unspooled in the Forum section.

The following year she presented her directorial debut “Green Porno” — eight episodic shorts explaining the sexual behavior of earthworms, snails and dragonflies and other insects — in Forum Expanded.

This summer Rossellini was in Studio Babelsberg for the movie adaptation of the graphic novel “Chicken with Plums,” by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It was Rossellini’s second time shooting in Babelsberg. In 1992 she starred in Schlesinger’s “The Innocent,” which also shot there.

Rossellini will next be seen in Saverio Costanzo’s “La solitudine dei numeri primi” (The Solitude of Prime Numbers), a film adaptation of Paolo Giordano’s novel, which screens in Venice.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 10 to 20.

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