Berlin film festival announces 2020 jury members

DPA News Germany

The Berlin International Film Festival on Tuesday announced the line-up for its 2020 jury, including French-Argentinian actress Berenice Bejo and US film-maker Kenneth Lonergan.

A total of seven jury members will decide who takes home the Berlinale competition’s Golden and Silver Bear awards.

The jury president, British actor Jeremy Irons, was already announced last month.

Irons, an acclaimed thespian-turned-film star, has acquired multiple accolades for his cinematic performances, including a Golden Globe and the 1991 Oscar for best actor for his portrayal as Claus von Buelow in Barbet Schroeder’s “Reversal of Fortune.”

He is joined by Bejo, who starred in the 2011 silent film “The Artist,” and Lonergan, whose drama “Manchester by the Sea” got the 2016 Oscar for best screenplay.

German producer Bettina Brokemper will also sit on this year’s jury, alongside Italian actress Luca Marinelli, Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, and Brazilian film critic and documentary maker Kleber Mendonca Filho.

The Berlinale, one of the film industry’s biggest festivals alongside Cannes and Venice, is taking place from February 20 to March 1. Around 340 films are to be shown, 18 of which are competing for the coveted Bear awards.

This is the festival’s first year with Carlo Chatrian of Italy and Mariette Rissenbeek of the Netherlands at the helm as artistic and executive directors.

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