Directors, writers and a top chef on Berlin film fest jury 

3rd February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Tilda Swinton will head the panel selecting the winners of the coveted Golden and Silver Bear prizes.

Berlin -- Leading directors, writers and a top chef will join Oscar-winning Scottish actress Tilda Swinton on the international jury of the 59th Berlin Film Festival.

Swinton will head the panel selecting the winners of the Golden and Silver Bear prizes, to be awarded on February 14.

She will be joined by Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang, best known for his 1995 art-house hit "Smoke" starring Harvey Keitel and William Hurt, and for the 1993 adaptation of "The Joy Luck Club."

Also on board is Spanish screenwriter and director Isabel Coixet, who made a splash in 2003 with her poignant feature "My Life Without Me."
Swedish mystery writer Henning Mankell, whose Inspector Wallander novels have been printed in 38 languages, will also be on hand, as well as filmmaker Gaston Kabore of Burkina Faso, whose film "Wend Kuuni" marked a breakthrough for African cinema in Europe.

American food activist, star chef and film lover Alice Waters, owner of the legendary California restaurant Chez Panisse, will also join the jury.

Waters works in the renowned Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, helps organize film festivals and has collaborated on projects such as the documentary "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe."

The enfant terrible of the German film, theatre and opera scene, Christoph Schlingensief, completes the seven-strong jury.

He came to public attention with his trilogy "The German Chainsaw Massacre" and is a regular guest at the annual Richard Wagner festival in the southern German city of Bayreuth.

"His works repeatedly challenge the frontier between politics and art and provoke public debate," organizers said last month.
The Berlinale, as the event is affectionately known, ranks below Cannes and alongside Venice among the world's top film festivals.

It will kick off on February 5 with the premiere of "The International," a thriller about global finance starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.


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