Werner Herzog Named Jury President of 2010 Berlinale

by Bryce J. Renninger
November 19, 2009 4:04 AM
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Prolific auteur Werner Herzog has been chosen by the Berlinale to head the 2010 jury. Herzog's first feature, "Signs of Life," won the Silver Bear for the best first film at the Berlinale 1968 as well as the German Film Prize for Best First Film. Herzog had two films ("Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done") in this year's Venice Film Festival. In a prepared statement, Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick said, “Werner Herzog’s films convey the artistic strength of cinema. We are very pleased to have this outstanding director as Jury President for the 60th anniversary of the festival." Not only is Herzog tied to Germany as one of the leading directors in New German Cinema, but he also recently donated a large collection of his screenplays, photos, posters, production materials and props to Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen. [Bryce J Renninger]

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