Mike Leigh to chair Berlinale

Mike Leigh to chair Berlinale

BERLIN - Agence France-Presse
Mike Leigh to chair Berlinale British director Mike Leigh will chair the jury of next year’s 62nd Berlin film festival, one of Europe’s top cinema showcases, organizers said Friday. The 68-year-old veteran film-maker, a master of bittersweet realizm in hits such as “Secrets and Lies” and “Happy-Go-Lucky,” will lead a panel vetting contenders from around the world for the Golden and Silver Bear top prizes.

“Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding film-makers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema,” the festival said in a statement.

“Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countless international awards and several Oscar nominations.”

The event that will organized between Feb. 9 and 19, ranks with Cannes and Venice among the top European film festivals.

This year, a jury led by Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini crowned the harrowing Iranian drama “Nader and Simin: A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi as best picture.