Berlin: Full Jury Unveiled; Willem Dafoe to Be Given Lifetime Achievement Award

Willem Dafoe
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The Berlin Film Festival unveiled the full roster of its competition jury Tuesday, a group that includes Adele Romanski, the American producer of Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” and acclaimed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The Berlinale also announced that actor Willem Dafoe would receive a lifetime achievement award. Dafoe is up for a supporting-actor Oscar for his performance in “The Florida Project,” his third Academy Award nomination.

Besides Romanski and Sakamoto, the international jury comprises double Cesar Award-winning Belgian actress Cecile de France (“Django,” “The Young Pope”); Chema Prado, former director of Spain’s Filmoteca Espanola; and U.S. film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who writes for Time magazine. Presiding over the group is German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“Babylon Berlin,” “Run Lola Run”).

The panel will pick the Golden Bear and Silver Bear winners from a lineup of nearly 20 films, including “Transit” by Christian Petzold; “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” by Gus Van Sant; “3 Days in Quiberon” by Emily Atef; and “Figlia mia” (“Daughter of Mine”) by Laura Bispuri. Another title was added to the competition list Tuesday: “U – July 22,” a drama helmed by Erik Poppe about the 2011 shooting massacre by a right-wing extremist in Norway that left scores of people dead, most of them youths at a politically oriented summer camp.

Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy and Joshua Leonard, and Jose Padilha’s “7 Days in Entebbe” are part of the competition lineup, but are not vying for prizes.

The Berlinale Special program was also finalized, with Murray Cummings’ “Songwriter” added to the lineup. The film follows British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran as he creates his latest album, and provides an intimate look at his work.

A Dafoe retrospective, including “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Mississippi Burning,” will coincide with the presentation of his lifetime achievement honor on Feb. 20. Besides “The Florida Project,” Dafoe has been Oscar-nominated for best supporting actor for his turns in “Platoon” and “Shadow of the Vampire.”

“Willem Dafoe is a close friend of the festival and has often been a guest at the Berlinale in the past in the scope of film screenings and even as a member of the international jury in 2007,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick. “I am really looking forward now to welcoming him to the 2018 edition of the festival as a guest of honor and recognizing his lifetime achievement with the Honorary Golden Bear.”

Three Berlinale Camera honors will be handed out: to Beki Probst, president of the European Film Market; Katrial Schory, executive director of the Israeli Film Fund; and Czech director and actor Jiri Menzel.

And the festival has given a nod to the #MeToo movement that has pointed up sexual harassment and misbehavior in the entertainment industry and in wider society. “The Berlinale is firmly committed to the struggle for sexual self-determination and against any and all forms of abuse,” the festival said. Organizers are planning panels on sexual harassment and gender inequality, and will help steer anyone affected by harassment and assault to counseling services.

The 68th Berlin International Film Festival runs from Feb. 15 to 25.