12.02.2017 - Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Verhoeven, moderated by Peter Cowie
Tackling our main theme of this year, jury president Paul Verhoeven and jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal kick off this edition of Berlinale Talents. Working since the 1970s between the Netherlands and Hollywood, between art house and blockbuster, Dutch director and screenwriter Verhoeven (Elle) has redefined the conventions of genre filmmaking, in particular science fiction (Total Recall) and the erotic thriller (Basic Instinct). Playing the masochistic lead of the 2002 black comedy Secretary launched the career of American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who over the next decade would rise from indie queen to Hollywood A-list, lauded with a Golden Globe and a nomination for the Academy Award. From depictions of onscreen intimacy to the pitfalls of navigating an unforgiving industry, the two reflect on their most courageous moments.
A film historian and former International Publishing Director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years, and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.