The Berlinale has begun! Kicking it off this morning was a photocall and press conference at the Grand Hyatt for its international jury, including president Mike Leigh, the marvellous Charlotte Gainsbourg (one of the stars of my film of 2011 - Melancholia) and the one and rather lovely only Jake Gyllenhaal. It's been a while since we've seen Jake on show like this. Let's savour the moment and the full range of Jake's facial expressions.
Unfortunately, the opening question was from an ill-informed and really rather ignorant journalist from the Boston Herald who asked Jake if he were out of place among the jury, despite having made Brokeback Mountain, because he is a Hollywood actor. Jake dealt with it well by leaving the question to his president, Mike Leigh, who also smoothed over the moment, but you could tell Jake was a little annoyed. Nevertheless, there were moments of affection from the crowd, as there usually are for Jake on these occasions, and a friend of mine who was there told me that although Jake did seem a little moody (not surprisingly) he did make a big effort to crack some jokes. I'm delighted that my friend took some photos for us and is going to send them across as soon as he's not in a cinema watching festival movies.
You can watch the whole press conference yourself here.
Thanks so much to IHJ for getting the pictures up so fast. There are lots more there.