James Schamus, the award-winning producer and screenwriter, will head the Berlin Film Festival jury, organizers said Tuesday.
He will head a star-packed jury that includes “Frances Ha’s” Greta Gerwig, two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, James Bond producer Barbra Broccoli and director Michael Gondry as they deliberate over the winner’s of the festival’s Gold and Silver Bear honors.
The festival will be held from Feb. 6 to Feb. 16.
Schamus was forced out from his perch as CEO of Focus Features after the indie label merged with FilmDistrict last year. Before that time he was associated with many of the most notable independent films of the past two decades, a list that includes “Brokeback Mountain,” “Milk” and “The Kids Are All Right.” He also wrote the screenplays for longtime collaborator Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Other jury members include “The Grandmaster’s” Tony Leung, Iranian filmmaker and painter Mitra Farahani and “In a Better World’s” Trine Dyrholm.