Actress Julie Delpy has confirmed her participation in this year's Transylvania International Film Festival in the Romanian town Cluj between May 28 and June 6.
Delpy is currently developing a film about the blood-drinking countess Elisabeth Bathory, a serial killer whose pet hobby was bathing in the blood of virgins. It is being developed by Muse Projects and will shoot in Romania.
At the festival, she will introduce Richard Linklater's Berlinale competition entry Before Sunset in which she co-starred with Ethan Hawke.
The festival, which features a twelve film competition section (announced on April 26), will open with Michael Moore's Oscar-winning documentary Bowling For Columbine and will close with both of this year's Berlinale Golden Bear winners, the Romanian short film Coffee And Cigarettes by Cristi Puiu and Fatih Akin's Head-on.
Confirmed members of the five-strong jury are Berlinale selector Margaret von Schiller and local director Cristian Mungiu whose first feature Occident won the first edition of the festival two years ago.
Actor Rutger Hauer had also been expected to join the jury, but work commitments, believed to be for Batman Begins, have since prevented his participation.
Tributes will be dedicated to French producer, Romanian-born Marin Karmitz, who will be one of the special guests of the festival and directors Wong Kar Wai and Lars von Trier. Karmitz will also receive the festival's honorary award. Other guests of the festival include documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield who will introduce two of his films: Tracking Down Maggie and Kurt And Courtney.
Along several seminars and presentations focusing mainly on local film production and co-production possibilities, the festival will also host a presentation of new local films in its Romanian Days section between June 3-5. Along debuts the section will also feature Lucian Pintilie's latest production, Niki And Flo.