M. Night Shyamalan delighted with jury chairman Berlinale

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M. Night Shyamalan delighted with jury chairman Berlinale
M. Night Shyamalan was delighted to be the jury chairman of the Berlinale (Photo Credit – IANS)

Indian-American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who will lead the competition jury of the Berlin Film Festival, says he is delighted at the prospect of being enriched with new perspectives at the prestigious event.

The Berlin International Film Festival, commonly called Berlinale, is held from February 10 to 20.

Commenting on the honor, the creator of cult hits like ‘Sixth Sense’ and ‘Unbreakable’ told ‘Variety’: “Part of going to film festivals and seeing these films is being with the very best storytellers who have the most tell different and original stories in their own way. I’m sure I’ll be re-inspired 18 times to be okay with what’s weird and different about myself.”

Shyamalan has visited Germany several times while promoting his films, he was in love with the cinema, art and culture of the country: “I spent so much time there, I thought the respect for art was very high. I feel very involved in the conversations there about art and cinema.”

He added: “There is a deep respect for those who push the boundaries in the medium, so I feel very much at home there. So when they kindly asked me, I was exuberant. It’s a place I look forward to to go to and what makes me feel good again when I go there.”

During the same conversation, the filmmaker also described his way of working as a way of working together. He told ‘Variety’: ‘I have such a respect for the other judges, so, as I say to all the artists, the different perspectives – that’s where all the gold is and all the beauty of it. I’m excited to hear that each of them is shaking up the perspectives of the artworks we see in me as an individual and I’ll be contributing my opinion as well.”

He continued: “My goal, even when I’m helping others, when I’m producing other artists, the goal is to bring out the voice as much as possible, the voice of the individual as much as possible. So getting these judges to fully convey their love and emotion for everything to them and each other, that’s the goal.”

Shyamalan concluded by saying, “And then everyone’s voice is heard and it is loud. When we leave Berlin, I will really know what the judges’ worldviews are and how they saw those films. I don’t want anyone to feel unheard.”

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