Feb. 9 - Hours ahead of the Berlinale's first red carpet, jury members hold a press conference to talk about this year's event. Sharon Reich reports.
Despite frosty weather, Berlin is heating up as it gets ready to kick off the 62nd Berlinale film festival. British director Mike Leigh heads up this year's jury, which includes French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg and Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhall. SOUNDBITE: Berlinale Jury President, Mike Leigh, saying (English): "This is one of those festivals, and there are many, and I suppose it is the main one that I really enjoy and celebrate for its spirit, its atmosphere, its informality, its general joie de vivre." Amongst industry insiders the Berlinale rates as one of the most exclusive international film festivals. It vies for the top spot in attracting glitz and publicity alongside Cannes and Venice. Gyllenhaal says stepping out of the camera spotlight to be a member of this year's jury was a welcome opportunity. SOUNDBITE: Berlinale Jury member actor, Jake Gyllenhaal, saying (English): "I have been a huge fan, particularly of everybody here and the movies they made, particularly Mike Leigh's since I was a young boy. I just love his films and when I knew that he was the president it was very exciting to think of being in a room with a number of artists and talking about film and listening to their opinion instead of being separated from them and hearing about their work , you know, in room talking with all of you." This year more than 20 films will be in competition, and 18 will be in the running for the top honors -- the Golden and Silver Bears. The festival kicks off on Thursday (February 9th) with director Benoît Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen." Sharon Reich, Reuters.