Berlinale: Juries

Juries 2014

International Jury

James Schamus (USA)

In his capacity as a producer, James Schamus has been responsible not only for the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, but also for numerous other Ang Lee films, including The Wedding Banquet, which won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 1993. James Schamus also wrote the script for the Ang Lee film The Ice Storm and was co-writer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution by Ang Lee. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. As one of independent cinema’s most important champions, James Schamus knows the balancing act between Hollywood's studio system and art-house cinema better than anyone. In 1991, he founded the production company Good Machine in New York, which merged with USA Films in 2002 to become the new company Focus Features. For over a decade, James Schamus led Focus Features, and during that era, was involved in the production and distribution of award-winning and celebrated films such as Far from Heaven, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, Milk, Dallas Buyers Club and Teddy Award winner The Kids Are All Right. Thanks to Focus Features, international successes such as 8 Women, The Pianist and The Motorcycle Diaries were presented in American cinemas.

Barbara Broccoli (USA)

As the daughter of producer Albert R. Broccoli, Barbara Broccoli grew up on film sets and had her first experiences as an assistant director and assistant producer on the films A View to a Kill and Licence to Kill. Following the death of her father, she took over the production of the James Bond films with her brother Michael G. Wilson, starting with GoldenEye through to the most recent instalments Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Sam Mendes’s Academy Award-winning Skyfall. Ms Broccoli also puts her extensive industry knowledge to use beyond the James Bond franchise: she has produced the documentary Stolen Childhoods, the TV drama Crime of the Century and most recently executive produced The Silent Storm with Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis. Her theatre credits include “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (2002 London, 2005 Broadway), “A Steady Rain” (2009 Broadway), “Chariots of Fire” (2012 West End), “Once” (2012 Broadway, 2013 West End) and most recently “Strangers on a Train”, which opened in London’s West End in November 2013. In addition, Ms Broccoli was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

Trine Dyrholm (Denmark)

Far beyond the borders of her native country, Trine Dyrholm has become one of the most successful Danish actors. She’s a regular at the Berlinale: she had roles in the Competition films In Your Hands by Annette K. Olesen, A Soap by Pernille Fischer Christensen, Olesen’s Little Soldier, and most recently in A Royal Affair by Nikolaj Arcel. She can also be seen regularly in German productions, such as in Ulrich Köhler’s Bungalow, which celebrated its premiere in the 2002 Berlinale Panorama, or recently in 3096 Days by Sherry Hormann. Her performance in “4:48 Psychosis”, for which she received the Danish theatrical award Reumert in 2002, led her to the legendary Volksbühne in Berlin. She has won numerous prestigious awards; she is even the only actor ever to have won five Bodil Awards. Trine most recently starred in the films In a Better World and Love Is All You Need by Susanne Bier.

Mitra Farahani (Iran)

Iranian filmmaker and painter Mitra Farahani was born in Teheran and now lives in Paris. She studied graphic art and painting in Iran before taking courses in video studies in France. Her first documentary short film Just a Woman won the Teddy Award at the 2002 Berlinale. Tabous – Zohre & Manouchehr (2004) and Fifi Howls from Happiness (2013), two feature documentaries, were each premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2007, her documentary Behjat Sadr: Suspended Time portrayed one of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionist painting in Iran. In parallel, Mitra Farahani’s painting works pursue the same issue of realism that she deals with in her cinema works.

Greta Gerwig (USA)

Over the course of just a few years, Greta Gerwig has become not only a figurehead of American independent film, but also one of the freshest new voices in Hollywood. She had her breakthrough at the 2010 Berlinale Competition, in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg. Last year, the two of them returned to Berlin with the cooperatively written comedy Frances Ha, which became a favourite of Panorama audiences. For her role in Frances Ha, she earned a Golden Globe and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination. In between those two films, Greta Gerwig also worked with legendary filmmakers like Woody Allen (To Rome with Love) and Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress).

Michel Gondry (France)

Like many of his colleagues, French filmmaker Michel Gondry began his career as a television ad director, and with music videos for artists such as the Rolling Stones, Björk or Daft Punk. The director, screenwriter and producer presented his feature film debut, Human Nature, in 2001. He received an Academy Award for his film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. His films The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind both screened out of competition in the Berlinale Competition programme. His documentary Dave Chapelle's Block Party was presented in 2006 in Panorama, where his film Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? celebrated its European premiere in 2014. In addition, Michel Gondry has directed such diverse productions as The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen and Christoph Waltz, The We and the I, and Mood Indigo, starring Roman Duris and Audrey Tautou.

Tony Leung (People's Republic of China)

For over 20 years, Hong Kong born Tony Leung has been one of the most popular actors in Chinese cinema. Among his films with frequent collaborator Wong Kar Wai are Ashes of Time, Chungking Express, Happy Together, 2046, and The Grandmaster, opening film of the 2013 Berlinale. In 2000, he was awarded the Actor’s Prize of the Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love. Leung, who is equally at home in the action genre as he is in auteur cinema, also worked with filmmakers such as Ang Lee (Lust, Caution), John Woo (Hard Boiled, Red Cliff), Hou Hsiao-Hsien (A City of Sadness), or Zhang Yimou (Hero) and played a lead part in the international success Infernal Affairs by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. Over the course of his career, he has so far received seven Hong Kong Film Awards as well as countless other awards.

Christoph Waltz (Austria)

Two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz began his career in theatre and rose to worldwide distinction through a number of powerful performances in film. After many years as a well-known actor among German-speaking audiences for his various television roles, and receiving the Adolf Grimme Award, among others, Waltz was introduced to international audiences in director Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. The performance earned Waltz his first Academy Award in addition to a number of other awards such as the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy Film Award and the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He went on to star in Roman Polanski’s screen adaptation of “Carnage”. Waltz followed up with his second Academy Award win, this time for his riveting performance in Tarantino’s Django Unchained, where he received multiple bolstering accolades. He has been represented at Berlinale with several past films, such as Oskar Roehler’s Der alte Affe Angst in Competition for 2003, Lapislazuli and Berlin Blues.

Best First Feature Award Jury

Nancy Buirski (USA)

US native Nancy Buirski is the founder and former director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. Her directorial works include not only the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary The Loving Story, but also Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a portrait of a ballet dancer, which had its international premiere at the 64th Berlinale. She is currently producing narrative adaptations of The Loving Story and The Donner Party and is directing Endangered adapted from the novel of the same name. Nancy Buirski began her career as a photographer and photo editor for The New York Times.

Valeria Golino (Italy)

Italian actress and director Valeria Golino started her career in 1984. In 1986, she won Venice’s Volpi Cup as leading actress for Francesco Maselli’s A Tale of Love. She worked with directors like Barry Levinson, Sean Penn, Gabriele Salvatores, Silvio Soldini, and won the Silver Ribbon for Emanuele Crialese’s Respiro and the David di Donatello Award for Antonio Capuano’s Mario's War. She starred in several Berlinale films, among them the Competition film Quiet Chaos in 2008. In 2010, she had her directorial debut with the short movie Armandino e il Madre. Her first long feature film Miele was screened in “Un certain regard” at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Miele won numerous awards all over the world, including a nomination for the European Film Award in the category “European Discovery”.

Hernán Musaluppi (Argentina)

Argentine Hernán Musaluppi began his film career in the nineties and is one of the most successful producers in his country today. Many of his films have been screened at the Berlinale, for example Un Mundo Misterioso (2011), Gigante (2009) and El custodio (2006) in Competition, Medianeras in Panorama 2011, and Aguas Verdes in Forum 2009. His other films include Los Dueños, 3, and Whisky. Hernán Musaluppi is chairman of the largest producers' association in Argentina, and his book “El cine y lo que queda de mí” was published in 2012.

International Short Film Jury

Edwin (Indonesia)

The director Edwin was born in 1978 in Surabaya, Indonesia and studied graphic design at Universitas Kristen Petra in Surabaya. He then studied film at Institut Kesenian Jakarta. In 2009 he was a guest at the Berlinale with his short film Trip to The Wound. That same year, his feature film debut Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly received the Fipresci Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Postcards from the Zoo is his second feature film for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film celebrated its world premiere at the 62nd Berlinale and was presented in Competition.

Nuno Rodrigues (Portugal)

Curator and festival programmer Nuno Rodrigues is a co-founder and the artistic director of the Portuguese film festival Curtas Vila do Conde. In 1999, he founded Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, where he is now a member of the board of directors, and handles the promotion and distribution of Portuguese short films on international markets. Since 2005 he has been the director and coordinator of the Solar Gallery in Vila do Conde, where he has curated numerous exhibits. In recent years, he has also been active as a film producer, and in 2013 he became vice president of Short Circuit, a network for film and video art distribution in Europe.

Christine Tohme (Lebanon)

Christine Tohme is a curator and director of Ashkal Alwan–The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, established in 1994. Over the years, the non-profit organization has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of artistic practices across a range of disciplines and media. Its platforms include “Home Works”, a forum on cultural practices; “Home Workspace Program” (HWP), a free international arts programme at the post-graduate level; and Video Works, a video production grant. In 2006, she received the Prince Claus Award for her work in arts practices and the civic sphere.

Honorary Awards of the Festival

The recipients of honorary awards are not chosen by a jury but by the Festival Director.

Children's Jury Generation Kplus

A Children's Jury with members aged 11 to 14 awards the Crystal Bears in the Generation Kplus competition. The jury members are selected from film questionaires submitted the previous year and officially invited to participate by the festival director.

The members of the 2014 Generation Kplus Children's Jury: Charlotte Dammasch, Fiona Lukas, Lara Kläffling, Fabian Krüger, Daria Rabes, Zoe Rentmeister, Lilly Rinklebe, Quinten Samrotzki, Jan-Hendrik Schmahl, Cosmo Schüppel and Janek Sommerfeldt.

Youth Jury Generation 14plus

A Youth Jury with members aged 14 to 18 awards the Crystal Bears in the Generation 14plus competition. The jury members are selected from film questionaires submitted the previous year and officially invited to participate by the festival director. The members of the 2014 Generation 14plus Youth Jury: Simon Kalmbach, Luca Kokol, Karla Laitko, Leonie Mo Munder, Paula Noack, Nicola Scholz and Florian Stündel.

Generation Kplus International Jury

This Jury awards the "Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury" for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (German Child Support Organisation). The "Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury" is awarded to the best short film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk.

Members of the Generation Kplus International Jury 2014 were: Christian Bellaj, Boudewijn Koole and Catriona McKenzie.

Generation 14plus International Jury

This Jury awards the "Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury" for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). The "Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury" is awarded to the best short film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.

Members of the Generation 14plus International Jury 2014 were: Laura Astorga Carrera, Jan Soldat and N. Bird Runningwater.