It has just been announced that German director Werner Herzog has been selected as Jury President of next year's Berlin Film Festival, running from 11th - 21st February 2010. It is not yet known who his co-jury members will be, but it is not expected for the Berlinale Jury to be complete much before February.
Herzog has had two films in previous Berlinale Competitions: Signs Of Life in 1968, and Nosferatu in 1979. As a surprise to some and a disappointment to Herzog himself, neither of his two entries that were shown at the Venice Film Festival this autumn - Bad Lieutenant and My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done - won any awards.
Although Herzog has another project that is currently in production - The Piano Tuner - it is not expected that it will be ready in time to be shown at next year's Berlin Film Festival.
So far, no official announcements have been made regarding the selection of films for the 2010 Berlinale - neither for the Competition nor for any of the sidebars - and the programme may not be complete until shortly before the festival kicks off. However, as next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Berlin-Fest, expectations are high for Berlin's main rival, Cannes, showed an extremely strong line-up when it celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2007.
Werner Herzog and Nicolas Cage, star of Herzog's Abel Ferrara-inspired Bad Lieutenant (USA 2009)