Funny, last year Berlin Film Festival organizers waited until November to make this announcement — I guess they thought that since the fall festival season begins this week, they may as well ride the buzz-wave a bit. Anyway, Isabella Rossellini has been tapped the preside over the jury at the festival’s 2011 edition in February, stepping into the half-eaten shoes of this year’s president, Werner Herzog:
The Italian-American actress and director Isabella Rossellini will be the President of the Jury for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival (February 10-20, 2011).
“It’s fantastic that Isabella Rossellini will be the President of the Berlinale Jury in 2011,” says the festival’s director Dieter Kosslick. “She is a multifaceted, creative film artist with extensive experience in European, American and international cinema.”
It’s interesting to note that Berlin is easily the most female-friendly of the major fests: in the past decade, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Charlotte Rampling, Gong Li and Mira Nair have all held the same position. Cheers all round, but frankly, with Venice breathing down my neck, Berlin is a little too much to think about right now. (Rossellini, incidentally, will be on the Lido too, as the star of Competition title “The Solitude of Prime Numbers.”)