French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the International Jury at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 7 -17) next year. Binoche and her as yet-unannounced jury will judge the festival’s competition lineup and hand out the Golden and Silver Bears.
“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.”
“Thank you for this tremendous honour and invitation for your last Berlinale, dear Dieter, it means the world to me! I’m looking forward to this special rendez-vous with the entire jury and will embrace my task with joy and care,” added Binoche.
Feted star Binoche has previously played in Berlin Film Festival movies including The English Patient, Chocolat, Country Of My Skull, Camille Claudel and Endless Night. Her most recent films include High Life by Claire Denis and Non-Fiction (Doubles Vies) by Olivier Assayas.
Tom Tykwer, Paul Verhoeven and Meryl Streep have served as jury presidents in recent years.