Juliette Binoche Named Berlin Festival Jury President for 2019

Fred Meylan
Juliette Binoche

The Oscar-winning French actress, a Berlinale regular, will head the 69th Berlin International Jury.

The French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the International Jury for the 2019  Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin announced Tuesday.

“I’m very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 International Jury. 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,” said Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick.

Binoche, in a statement, thanked "Dear Dieter" for the "tremendous honor" of being asked to head the jury for what will be Kosslick's last Berlin as festival director.

“It means the world to me!" she said. "I’m looking forward to this special rendez-vous with the entire jury and will embrace my task with joy and care."

At least since her international breakthrough in Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Binoche has been a star on both the U.S. and European film scenes. She was the first actress to be honored at all three top European festivals, winning the Coppa Volpi in Venice in 1993 for her role in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue, the Silver Bear (and best supporting actress Oscar) for The English Patient in 1996 and Cannes's best actress honor in 2010 for Certified Copy.

Binoche has been a regular in U.S. independent productions, including alongside Johnny Depp in Chocolat (2000), a role which earned her a second Oscar nomination, and together with Steve Carell in Dan in Real Life  in 2007. But she has continued to work in Europe, where she made her cinematic debut in 1983 in Pascal Kane's Liberty Belle.  In her carrer, Binoche as worked with some of Europe's acclaimed directors including Jean-Luc Godard (1984's Hail Mary); Andre Techine (Rendez-vous in 1985), Leos Carax (The Night is Young, Lovers on the Bridge) and Michael Haneke (Cache).

Binoche's last appeared in Berlin in 2015's opening night film Endless Night from Isabel Coixet. She most recently starred in Claire Denis's sci-fi drama High-Life and Non-Fiction from director Olivier Assayas.

The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Feb. 7, 2019 with the New York-set drama The Kindness of Strangers from Danish director Lone Scherfig starring Zoe Kazan, Tahar Rahim, Andrea Riseborough, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel and Bill Nighy. The 69th Berlinale runs through Feb. 17, 2019.