Berlin Film Festival’s Main Jury to Include Tehran-Based Director Mohammad Rasoulof

By Kayhan Life Staff

The celebrated Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof will be one of the six members of the main jury of the International Berlin Festival next month.

Mr. Rasoulof — whose movie “There is No Evil” won the top Golden Bear award in Berlin last year — will be joined by Golden Bear winners from previous years. He will be a judge in the festival’s ‘Industry Event.’

Rasoulof, who is banned from traveling abroad, will reportedly take part in the festival via a remote video link from Iran.

Festival organizers have changed the event format this year in line with COVID-19 health guidelines and restrictions. The festival is divided into two parts. The first, titled “Industry Event,” will be held from March 1 to 5. The second, titled “Summer Special,” will be held, with a live audience, from June 9 to 20.

“Introducing the International Jury 2021! In this special year, we have appointed six directors whose films have won the Golden Bear in the past,” a tweet by Berlinale said on Feb.1, “Welcome back Ildikó Enyedi, Nadav Lapid, Adina Pintilie, Jamila Žbanić, Mohammad Rasoulof, and Gianfranco Rosi!”

Israeli director Nadav Lapid won the Golden Bear in 2019 for his film “Synonyms.” The Golden Bear in 2018 went to Romanian filmmaker Adina Pintilie for her film “Touch Me Not.” Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi won the Golden Bear in 2017 for her film “On Body and Soul.” The Golden Bear in 2016 went to Italian director Gianfranco Rosi for his film “Fire at Sea.” Jamila Žbanić from Bosnia and Herzegovina won the Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival for her film “Grbavica.”

Industry professionals and the accredited press will be invited to screen films in the Industry Event. The International Jury will select the prize winners from the Competition, Berlinale, Shorts, Encounters, and Generation categories. The award ceremony will take place in front of an audience at the Summer Special in June.

This article was translated and adapted from Persian by Fardine Hamidi

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