Kirsten Stewart seemed assured, and downright snazzy, as she strode to the platform for her first press convention as jury president of the 2023 Berlin Worldwide Pageant.
However, stylishly-attired in a tweed pantsuit with vast trousers and jacket and no shirt beneath, the Twilight and Spencer star confessed that she was nervous of the duty forward.
“Full transparency, I’m type of shaking,” she mentioned. “[Being jury president] shouldn’t be a weight I don’t perceive. I really feel, not buckling underneath [the weight], however I can’t wait who all of us forward on the finish of this expertise. I’m simply able to be modified by all of the movies and by all of the individuals round us.”
Stewart mentioned it wasn’t her resolution to come back to Berlin. “I used to be shocked they known as me,” she mentioned. “[But] it is a gigantic alternative to focus on stunning issues at time when that’s laborious to carry.”
Fellow Berlinale juror, actress Golshifteh Farahani, mentioned, a lot political upheaval on the planet, together with mass demonstrations in her residence nation of Iran, she felt notably privileged to have the ability to attend the competition this 12 months.
“With Ukraine, Iran, with the earthquake [in Turkey and Syria], it looks like the entire world is disintegrating,” she mentioned. “We’re all in a second of transition, particularly now with Iran. And in a rustic, like Iran, that may be a dictatorship, artwork shouldn’t be solely an mental or philosophical factor, it’s important. It’s like oxygen…With every thing that’s taking place in Iran once more, to again in Berlin I’m glad that we are able to collect collectively and and have a good time cinema, have a good time freedom, despite the fact that there’s the world appears to be collapsing from all over the place.”
Stewart, Farahani and the opposite Berlinale jurors, who embody Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude, Spanish director Carla Simón, Hong Kong director Johnnie To, German director Valeska Grisebach, and U.S. casting director and producer Francine Maisler will decide the 20 movies in Berlin’s official competitors part and, on Feb. 25, hand out the coveted Gold and Silver Bear trophies to the winners.
Requested about what she was on the lookout for in a possible prize winner, Stewart mentioned she was on the lookout for one thing that “in a constructive means is confrontational and political. I feel it’s essential for us to deprogram and be absolutely open to newness,” she mentioned. “I feel that the variety and the breadth of views [among this year’s competition films] is goes to goes to offer us with some some new materials that may be difficult and unusual to adapt to [but] if all of us if all of us can’t agree [on a film] that’s most likely as a result of it’s fairly good.”
There aren’t any apparent frontrunners going into the 73rd Berlinale. The 19 movies chosen by the crew led by creative director Carlo Chatrian are heavy on arthouse and worldwide cinema, with a robust concentrate on films with a robust politically message.
The house crowd can cheer for 5 native abilities, with cinema veteran Margarethe von Trotta screening her artist biopic Ingeborg Bachmann — Journey Into the Desert, starring Vicky Krieps because the late Austrian poet and writer; Christian Petzold (Undine, Transit) returning to Berlin along with his new drama Afire; Angela Schanelec presenting Music, a modern-day drama impressed by the Oedipus fantasy; Christoph Hochhäusler within the operating with Until the Finish of the Evening; and Emily Atef along with her Nineties-set romantic drama Sometime We’ll Inform Every Different All the things.
Different titles with Bear potential embody the French documentary On the Adamant by Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have), Matt Johnson’s Canadian comedy BlackBerry, in regards to the rise and fall of the titular smartphone makers; and The Survival of Kindness, the brand new characteristic from Australian arthouse legend Rolf De Heer (Ten Canoes, Charlie’s Nation).
Whereas Stewart and the opposite Berlinale jurors praised the enduring energy of cinema, Radu Jude dryly famous that the film business is the enterprise of “silly and costly [but] the movies right here don’t make as a lot cash and perhaps are rather less silly.”