Rossellini to head Berlinale jury

Posted by · 4:31 am · August 30th, 2010

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.”)

[Photo: Contactmusic]

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  • 1 8-30-2010 at 7:28 am

    Squirrelman said...


    The sidebar predictions look pretty solid, Kris.

    One note tho: What original song does “Never Let Me Go” have?

  • 2 8-30-2010 at 9:44 am

    Dominik said...

    Great choice- love Isabella Rossellini very much! The Berlinale never gets that much attention because it´s timing is flawed. When it´s taking place in February, all relevant Oscar-candidates have opened for a couple of months, the race is virutually over. Nice to see her in Berlin, anyway!

  • 3 8-31-2010 at 12:48 am

    Glenn said...

    So the Berlin winner will be something fucked up? Excellent!

  • 4 8-31-2010 at 4:55 am

    Jay said...

    Is the Cronenberg flick “A Dangerous Method” opening at Berlinale?

  • 5 8-31-2010 at 7:25 am

    Lance said...

    You should post the new video she did where she plays a bed bug – it’s very funny!