French actress Juliette Binoche named head of jury of Berlin Film Festival 2019

FP Staff

Dec 11, 2018 20:26:55 IST

Oscar winner and one of France's most recognised actresses, Juliette Binoche, will head the jury of next year's Berlin film festival, organisers said on 11 December.

Juliette Binoche. Image from Twitter @PressBerlinale

Juliette Binoche. Image from Twitter @PressBerlinale

"I'm very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 International Jury," said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale.

"The festival shares a strong connection with her, and I'm very happy that she'll be returning to the festival in this distinguished position."

Binoche thanked Kosslick, who is retiring after next year's festival, reports Variety. "It means the world to me! I’m looking forward to this special rendezvous with the entire jury and will embrace my task with joy and care," said the actress.

Binoche, who made her cinematic debut in 1983 in Liberty Belle by Pascal Kane, has since appeared in more than 70 films. Prolific in both European and US productions, she took home an Academy Award for her role in The English Patient in 1996.

She also scooped the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for her leading role in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy. Her most recent film screened at the Berlinale was Nadie Quiere la Noche (Endless Night) by Isabel Coixet.

The next edition of the Berlinale is to run from 7 to 17 February, 2019.

(With inputs from Agence France-Presse)

Updated Date: Dec 11, 2018 20:29:20 IST