The Brokeback Mountain producer and former Focus Features chief will be joined by James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Frances Ha actress Greta Gerwig among others.
The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has named US producer and writer James Schamus as president of the international jury, whose members will decide the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2014 Berlinale Competition.
In his work with Ang Lee, Schamus has won awards as a screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain). He was also the chief executive of Focus Features - the company he co-founded - before it merged with FilmDistrict.
The strong line-up of filmmakers and actors that make up the rest of the jury including Barbara Broccoli (US), Trine Dyrholm (Denmark), Mitra Farahani (Iran), Greta Gerwig (US), Michel Gondry (France), Tony Leung (China) and Christoph Waltz (Austria).
Broccoli is best known for co-producing the James Bond films while Danish actor Dyrholm recently starred in A Royal Affair, In a Better World and Love Is All You Need.
Iranian documentary filmmaker Farahani was previosuly at the Berlinale with Tabous – Zohre & Manouchehr in 2004 and Fifi Howls from Happiness in 2013.
US actress Gerwig was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading role in Frances Ha and will next be seen in Eden, the English-language film debut by French director Mia Hansen-Løve.
French filmmaker Gondry won an Oscar for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind while both The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind screened out of competition at the Berlinale. His most recent feature was Mood Indigo, starring Roman Duris and Audrey Tautou.
Leung is one of the most popular actors in Chinese cinema and his films with frequent collaborator Wong Kar Wai include Ashes of Time, Chungking Express, Happy Together, 2046 and most recently The Grandmaster. Other notable credits include In the Mood for Love, Lust, Caution, Hard Boiled, Hero and Infernal Affairs, remade by Martin Scorsese as The Departed.
Two-time Oscar winner Waltz was introduced to international audiences in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. His second Oscar win was for Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He will next be seen in Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.