The 2023 Berlin International The Film Festival, the Berlinale, kicks off Thursday morning and all eyes will be on Kristen Stewart.
THE Dusk star, who, with films like Olivier Assayas personal customerby Pablo Larrain spencerand David Cronenberg Future Crimesbecome the darling of European and independent cinema, is this year president of the jury of the Berlinale and will lead the team of five women and two men judging the films of the 2023 competition.
Stewart is the only bold Hollywood name on this year’s jury, which includes the past two Golden Bear winners – Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude, whose savage satire Bad Luck Knock Or Looney Porn won Berlin’s top prize in 2021, and Carla Simón, who won Berlin last year with her Catalan family drama Alcarras. The jury also includes veteran Hong Kong director Johnnie To (Election, Revenge), Iranian-French actress Golshifteh Farahani (Paterson), German filmmaker Valeska Grisebach (western), and American casting director and producer Francine Maisler (12 years of slavery, Babylon).
Stewart and his jury are holding their first press conference at the Berlinale this morning, to introduce themselves and answer questions from journalists about the festival’s lineup and what we can expect from the next 10 days of cinema.
The press conference begins at 10:30 a.m. local Berlin time, 1:30 a.m. PT and 4:30 a.m. ET.
You can watch it live below.