Indo-American filmmaker M Night Shyamalan has been announced as president of the international jury for the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival.
The news was shared by festival organizers in a statement posted on the official website.
Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian said he was “happy and honored” that Shyamalan accepted the festival’s invitation to chair the jury.
“Throughout his career, he has shaped a world in which fears and desires come together, where young people are not only the protagonists but also the engine to overcome fear.
“Within the American film industry, Shyamalan is a unique figure, a filmmaker who has stayed true to his vision. This veracity of his ideal is also what we seek in our selection,” said Chatrian.
Shyamalan is a known figure in Hollywood, thanks to his successful thrillers such as “The Sixth Sense”, “Unbreakable”, “Signs”, “The Village”, “Split” and more recently “Old”.
The 51-year-old filmmaker said it was “deeply meaningful” for him to be a part of the Berlin Film Festival.
“I’ve always felt like an independent filmmaker within the Hollywood system. It’s exactly those things about us that are different and unorthodox that define our voice. I’ve tried to keep those things within me and encourage others to protect these aspects in their art and in themselves, ”said Shyamalan.
“Being invited to be a part of the Berlinale is deeply meaningful to me. It represents the highest imprimatur for a filmmaker. Being able to support and celebrate the world’s best storytelling talent is a gift that I gladly accepted “, he added.
The Berlinale will once again become a face-to-face event with its 72nd edition, which will take place from February 10 to 20, 2022.
The festival was one of the last major international festivals to be held in person before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year the festival was held in an online format only.
Organizers said the 2022 festival lineup will be “roughly similar” to the pre-COVID-19 edition of the Berlinale in 2020.
The shorts, which were removed from the Generation sidebar for this year’s festival, will be back in the section in 2022.
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