The jury of the 67th Berlin Movie Pageant struck a political word at their first press convention immediately because the Berlinale acquired underway within the German capital.
Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, who’s President of this yr’s jury, stated he hoped for motion pictures that have been “totally different” and “controversial”.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, PAUL VERHOEVEN, SAYING:
“I hope that we’ll see numerous motion pictures which might be totally different, which might be hopefully controversial, the place we as a jury would actually have heated arguments, however absolutely, in full respect of one another, so I hope that there can be range and that there can be, maybe anger, and, and, and smartest thing can be a common enthusiasm.”
He’s joined in judging duties this yr by American actor Maggie Gyllenhaal and Mexican star Diego Luna. They each used the platform to seek advice from the tense political local weather affecting their respective properties.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, SAYING:
“I really feel prefer it’s a tremendous time to be an American in a global competition. I really feel like I need everybody to know that there are lots of, many individuals in my nation who’re prepared to withstand and I really feel honoured to be right here and capable of say that.”
The competition comes amid tight safety following the truck assault that killed 12 folks and injured 48 others at a Christmas market in December. As a part of this yr’s safety measures, concrete bollards have been positioned in entrance of competition venues
The opening movie is “Django”, a biopic about legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The movie is one in all 18 movies competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears.