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Shu Qi, Diane Kruger to join Berlinale jury
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Actress Shu Qi, seen in a file photo, will join the jury at the Berlin Film Festival next month, organizers said Tuesday.

Hollywood actress Diane Kruger, French star Sandrine Bonnaire, and Chinese actress Shu Qi will join the jury at the Berlin Film Festival next month, on a panel led by Greek-French director Costa-Gavras, organizers said Tuesday.

The jury, which will award the festival's Golden and Silver Bear top prizes, will also include Russian media executive Alexander Rodniansky and Oscar-winning cutter and sound designer Walter Murch.

Rounding out the list are Danish director Susanne Bier ("Things We Lost in the Fire") and German production designer Uli Hanisch, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick told a news conference ahead of the February 7-17 event.

The German-born Kruger ("Troy") is currently appearing in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" with Nicolas Cage. She starred as the wife of a South African prison guard in "Goodbye Bafana," which was in competition at the Berlinale last year.

Cesar award-winner Bonnaire has appeared in films by the biggest names in French cinema including Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Agnes Varda.

Shu Qi is a veteran of more than 50 Asian films including the 2002 international thriller "The Transporter" and Stanley Kwan's "Island Tales" in 2000.

Ukrainian-born Rodniansky is a major film and television producer as well as a documentary director in Russia and president of the Moscow media holding CTC.

Murch has worked closely with Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola for 30 years on films including "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather."

A star of the dynamic Danish cinema scene, Bier got her start in Lars Von Trier's Dogma school of filmmaking and made a splash worldwide with her 2007 Oscar-nominated drama "After the Wedding."

Hanisch has picked up German and European accolades for the sets of "Perfume" and "Run Lola Run."

The festival announced in November that Costa-Gavras would serve as jury president. He made his international breakthrough in 1969 when he won two Oscars, including for best director, for the political thriller "Z."

He won the Golden Bear prize for best film at the Berlin festival in 1990 for "Music Box," starring Jessica Lange.

The Berlinale is ranked alongside Venice and just behind Cannes in the ranking of Europe's top film festivals.

It will kick off with the gala premiere of a Rolling Stones concert film by Martin Scorsese, "Shine A Light."
(CRI/Agencies January 31, 2008)

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