Berlin (dpa) – The filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will be president of the jury at the next Berlinale. The 51-year-old is to head the international jury in 2022, announced the Berlin Film Festival. The US thriller director, who was born in India, has “captivated audiences worldwide for three decades” with his genre films.
Alongside Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale is one of the world’s major film festivals. It is next scheduled to take place from 10 to 20 February 2022 – when it will once again be a face-to-face event. The jury decides on the prizes in the competition, for example who gets the Golden Bear for the best film.
The festival management praised the screenwriter, director and producer M. Night Shyamalan as being one of the most renowned names in the industry. Bruce Willis played one of the leading roles in the 1999 psychological thriller “The Sixth Sense” about a boy who claims to be able to see dead people. The film was nominated for multiple Oscars. M. Night Shyamalan also made the feature films “Unbreakable”, “Signs” and “The Village”.