Director and producer M Night Shyamalan has been announced as the president of the international jury for the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival.
Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian.said: “I’m pleased and honored that M. Night Shyamalan has accepted our invitation to serve as president of the jury. Throughout his career he’s shaped a universe in which fears and desires stand side by side, where young people are not only the protagonists but also the driving force for overcoming dread. Within the U.S. movie business Shyamalan is a unique figure, a filmmaker that has remained faithful to his vision. This truthfulness to one’s ideal is also what we are looking for in our selection.”
Meanwhile Shyamalan added: “I have always felt like an independent filmmaker within the system of Hollywood. It is exactly those things in us that are different and unorthodox that define our voice. I have tried to maintain these things in myself and cheer others on to protect those aspects in their art and in themselves. Being asked to be a part of Berlinale is deeply meaningful to me. It represents the highest imprimatur for a filmmaker. Being able to support and celebrate the world’s very best talent in storytelling is a gift I happily accepted.”
Berlinale will return to being an in-person event with its 72nd edition, which will be held from 10th Feb 2022.