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Paul Verhoeven Presides Over
Jury At The 67th Berlinale 2017
Paul Verhoeven, Dutch director and screenwriter
 
The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven serves as jury president of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. "With Paul Verhoeven as jury president, we have a filmmaker who has worked in a variety of genres in Europe and Hollywood. His creative, multifaceted boldness and his willingness to experiment are reflected in the spectrum of his works," says Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale. In 2013 the Berlinale welcomed the acclaimed filmmaker in at the Berlinale Talent Campus (today's Berlinale Talents). At the panel Follow Your Instincts: Filmmaking According to Paul Verhoeven, he gave insight into his work methods and his perspective on production landscapes in the US and Europe. Six diverse individuals (below) make up the international Jury, and will decide who will receive the Golden and Silver Bears at the Berlinale 2017. A total of eighteen films are vying in this year's Competition for the Golden and the Silver Bears. The winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 18.

TUNISIA: Producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, is something of an institution in the film world. The In 1992, she launched the Carthage Film Festival Projects' Workshop to assist Arabs and Africans in developing their scripts and the follow-up initiative Takmil to support post-production in 2014. In 1995, she founded her own production company Nomadis Images. Bouchoucha also founded the screenwriting workshop Sud Ecriture for Arab and African scripts in 1997. The many fiction and documentary features, and short films she has produced and co-produced include: Raja Amari's multiple award-winning Satin Rouge (2002), Barakat! (dir: Djamila Sahraoui, Berlinale Forum 2006), Raja Amari's Buried Secrets (2009) and Foreign Body (Berlinale Forum 2017). She produced all of Mohamed Ben Attia's short films and his full-length debut Hedi, which screened in the Berlinale Competition in 2016 and won the Best First Feature Award and Silver Bear for Best Actor (Majd Mastoura). She was festival director of the Carthage Film Festival in 2008, 2010, and 2014. Dora Bouchoucha Fourati was appointed president of the Fonds Sud Cinéma of the CNC in 2010; and president of the follow-up institution, Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, in 2014. The English literature graduate started her career as a teacher and translator of screenplays.

ICELAND: Olafur Eliasson, Artist, was born in Denmark of Icelandic parentage, he quickly garnered international attention after completing the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He participated in the Berlin Biennale in 1998 and the Venice Biennale in 2003, and his piece The Weather Project, which was installed in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, attracted over two million visitors. Considered one of the world's foremost contemporary artists, his sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs and films often focus on physical phenomena in nature as well as climate change. Eliasson, founded his studio in Berlin in 1995, and has received countless awards. Besides being involved in art, he is the founder of a global sustainable energy project and social business called Little Sun, as well as the international architectural firm Studio Other Spaces. His latest artworks include a number of installations at the Palace of Versailles in 2016.

USA: Talented American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of the outstanding actors of her generation. After studying literature at Columbia University in New York and acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she became known for her roles in Donnie Darko (dir: Richard Kelly, 2001) and in Spike Jonze's Berlinale Competition entry Adaptation (2002). Her big breakthrough role came when she played the lead in the film Secretary (dir: Steven Shainberg, 2002). The film garnered her first Golden Globe nomination and she went to win several awards, including an IFP/Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance. Gyllenhaal has starred in: Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Marc Forster's Stranger than Fiction (2006), Oliver Stone's World Trade Center (2006), Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008), Sam Mendes's Away We Go (2009), and Roland Emmerich's White House Down (2013). She received an Oscar nomination for Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart (2009). In 2014 she headlined the British TV series The Honourable Woman, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. Gyllenhaal, who in recent years has performed on Broadway, is currently cast to star in The Deuce, a new HBO series that she is also producing.

GERMANY: Julia Jentsch, Actress, was born in Berlin. After completing her studies at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, she began her career on the stage. In 2002 Theater heute magazine rated her the best female debut of the year. Her break on the big screen was in The Edukators (2004, dir: Hans Weingartner) and in Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Berlinale Competition 2005), for which she won the Berlinale's Silver Bear, and both the German and European Film Awards. The Final Days directed by Marc Rothemund, was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Julia Jentsch has a number of film to her credit including 33 Scenes from Life by Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska, Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta, and I Served the King of England by Jiří Menzel. With Effie Briest (Berlinale Special 2009, dir: Hermine Huntgeburth) and 24 Weeks (Berlinale Competition 2016; dir: Anne Zohra Berrached), Jentsch attended the Berlinale. Most recently she performed in front of the camera in Hans-Christian Schmid's mini-series Das Verschwinden, which will be released in 2017.

MEXICO: Diego Luna, Actor, Director breakthrough role came with Alfonso Cuarón's Y tu mamá también, for which he shared the Marcello Mastroianni Award with Gael García Bernal at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. His feature film acting credits include Frida (dir. Julie Taymor, 2002), The Terminal (dir: Steven Spielberg, 2004), Rudo y Cursi (dir: Carlos Cuarón, 2008), Milk (dir: Gus van Sant, Berlinale Panorama 2009), Contraband (dir: Baltasar Kormákur, 2012) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (dir: Gareth Edwards, 2016). Next fall he will star in Flatliners (dir: Niels Arden Oplev). Luna's directorial debut, titled Abel, premiered at the film festival in Cannes in 2010. This was followed by César Chávez (Berlinale Special 2014) and Mr. Pig, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. He and Bernal co-founded Ambulante in 2005, a charity organization dedicated, among other things, to promoting documentary film. Luna is also a member of the board of the Washington Office on Latin America.

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Wang Quan'an, Director, Screenwriter first trained as an actor before he turned his future to filmmaking. After studying at the Beijing Film Academy, he presented his debut film Lunar Eclipse in 1999. The film screened in the Berlinale's Forum section in 2002 after making award-winning appearances at festivals around the world. He was selected with Tuya's Marriage for the Berlinale Competition in 2007 and, as the third Chinese filmmaker in the festival's history, won the Golden Bear. Three years later, Apart Together was chosen as the Berlinale's opening film and went on to win the Silver Bear for Best Script, which Wang co-wrote with Jin Na. He returned to the Berlinale Competition in 2012 with White Deer Plain, an adaptation of the historical novel of the same name, where his director of photography, Lutz Reitemeier, won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. Wang Quan'an was born in Yan'an in Shaanxi province.
 
 


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