The Jury

The Jury 2012
Xiaolu Guo, Julia Jentsch, Lucy Virgen

Xiaolu Guo was born 1973 in a fishing village in China. At the age of 19, she enrolled to study literature and film at the Beijing Film Academy. While still a student, she was awarded the National Filmwriter Prize for her screenplay Love in the Internet Age. After graduating with an MA, she moved to London in 2002 and began to make a name for herself as film-maker and author. In 2004, she debuted with The Concrete Revolution, a documentary film about the building boom in Beijing. Her novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007) was published in more than 25 countries and is set to be filmed by Wayne Wang. In 2009, Ms Guo founded the Metaphysical Cinema Syndicate in London and Beijing. Its aim: to promote film productions that represent a free cinema operating beyond the bounds of conventional narrative style. During this year's film festival, Ms Guo's film UFO in Her Eyes will be screened in the Panorama programme. From April 2012 she will work as a scholarship holder in the film section of the DAAD artist programme in Berlin.

Julia Jentsch grew up in West Berlin, where she studied at the »Ernst Busch« Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her first theatre role was at the Münchener Kammerspiele. She was a member of the ensemble there from 2001 to 2006. Julia Jentsch became known to a larger audience through her role in Hans Weingartner's film The Edukators, which won the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Festival. For her role as Sophie Scholl in Marc Rothermund's drama Sophie Scholl – The Final Days she was awarded the Silver Bear as the Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival, the German Film Award as Best Actor and the European Film Award as Best Actress. Julia Jentsch played the title role in 2009 in Hermine Huntgeburth's adaptation of Effi Briest.

Lucy Virgen is a film programmer, film critic and journalist. She was part of the group which founded the Center for Cinema Studies (CIEC) at Guadalajara University with film historian Emilio García Riera. She has written for several dailies and magazines including Reforma, Público, Luvina and the Brazilian magazine Cinemais. For the last ten years she has had a weekly radio programme. She is the founding editor of the specialist online magazine The Thinking Eye. From 2006 to 2010 she was Artistic Director of the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara. During this time the festival programme grew considerably, and its artistic quality increased. Currently Lucy Virgen works with Ventana Sur, the Latin American Film Market in Buenos Aires, while continuing as a film critic.