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In its 15th edition, Berlin & Beyond (B&B) resituates itself from its previous mid-January slot to San Francisco's October film festival calendar, enrichening the Bay Area's autumnal palette of national cinemas with select films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Running October 22-28 at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre and October 30 at the Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose, the festival's fresh disposition is being helmed by incoming Festival Director Sophoan Sorn. Saluting previous Festival Director Dr. Ingrid Eggers for her 14 years of creative spirit, dedicated service, and impassioned leadership, B&B turns its eye "to another 15 years and beyond!"
Berlin & Beyond's calendar shift to October affords the festival the opportunity to join forces with their sister festival, German Currents in Los Angeles, coordinated by each city's respective branches of the Goethe-Institut as "a united West Coast German Film Event". The rewards of such a maneuver are immediately apparent. Boasting 24 feature films »
Cologne, Germany -- German director Michael Verhoeven, American actor Ben Foster and Malaysian producer Lorna Tee will form the jury for the Best First Feature Award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
Verhoeven will be jury president. The director is a part of Berlin festival history. His anti-Vietnam war film "O.K.," led to the collapse of the 1970 Berlinale after jury president George Stevens called it an insult to America and demanded it be expelled from competition.
Foster was in Berlin just last year for Oren Moverman's competition entry "The Messenger." Tee, formerly a marketing and distribution exec at Focus Films Hong Kong, now runs her own production outfit, Paperheart, and Asian-based fund Irresistible Films.
The trio will judge debut features from Berlin's competition, Panorama and Generation sections. Berlin's Best First Feature Award comes with a €50,000 ($70,000) bursary, that is split between the director and producer of the winning film. »
- By Scott Roxborough
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