Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
Justin Chang, Sandra Hüller, Sebastián Lelio, Rajendra Roy moderated by Florian Weghorn
It’s hardly a mistake to question aspects of a beloved art. Members from this year’s diverse International Jury take time away from their duties to kick off this edition of Berlinale Talents. Actress Sandra Hüller, director Sebastián Lelio, Chief curator of Film at MoMA Rajenda Roy and film critic Justin Chang bring in the perspectives their different crafts can offer to face up to personal mishaps and the faults they’d like to see cleared up in the film world. Don’t let this chance for a collective catharsis go by as established figures of the filmic landscape delve into the forces behind their faults!
Justin Chang is a film critic for the LA Times and also reviews movies for the radio shows “Fresh Air” and “FilmWeek.” He was previously chief film critic at Variety. He is the author of “FilmCraft: Editing,” a book of interviews with 17 of the world’s top film editors. He was recently named film critic of the year at the LA Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, and in 2014 he received the inaugural Roger Ebert Award from the African-American Film Critics Association.
Sandra Hüller studied acting at Berlin’s Ernst Busch University of Performing Arts. Her breakthrough on the big screen came with Hans-Christian Schmid’s REQUIEM in 2006, for which she won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for Best Actress as well as German and Bavarian Film Awards. Alongside her prizewinning theatre work, she has starred in many films, including Maren Ade’s TONI ERDMANN, for which she received European, German, and Bavarian Film Awards. In 2018, she starred in Thomas Stuber’s Berlinale Competition title IN THE AISLES.
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio celebrated his international breakthrough with GLORIA, which ran in the Berlinale Competition in 2013 and won a Silver Bear. In 2017, he presented A FANTASTIC WOMAN in the Berlinale Competition and took home the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Teddy Award. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film as the first Chilean film ever. His English-language debut DISOBEDIENCE, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, earned him five nominations at the British Independent Film Awards in 2018.
Rajendra Roy is the Chief Curator of Film at MoMA New York, where he manages a collection of over 30,000 works and has helped create exhibitions on Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders, Tim Burton and Mike Nichols. He co-authored the book “The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule” (2013). He is co-chair of the selection committee for New Directors/New Films, presented with the Lincoln Center Film Society. Previously, he was artistic director and programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival and a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee.
Florian Weghorn is the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents. Together with Christine Tröstrum, he heads the initiative and advises its seven international offshoots and its alumni network. He holds an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined Berlinale Generation in 2002, serving as co-director and curator from 2008 to 2014, and is a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.