Celebrating Berlinale Jury President Juliette Binoche, and ‘The Widow of Saint-Pierre’, one of her more mainstream movies

Posted on January 31, 2019

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After Cate Blanchett was named President of the Jury at Cannes last year, another acclaimed actress, Juliette Binoche, is the President of the Jury at this year’s Berlinale. There are many reasons these picks make sense. These are extraordinarily talented actresses. Given the range of filmmakers they have worked with, they surely know world cinema. Plus, they are big enough names that their being the head of the jury becomes news not just in the New York Times but also People magazine. (And all festivals, let’s face it, can use all the publicity they can get.) But these obvious qualifications apart, could it also be that these festivals are finally trying to keep up with the times? With so much criticism about how women filmmakers are hardly represented in the major lineups, a woman at the head of the jury of the Competitive section certainly shows the festival in a better light.

While I leave you to chew over that, let’s look at what Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said: “I’m very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 international jury. The festival shares a strong connection with her….” It’s a strong connection, indeed. Binoche’s first collaboration with Leos Carax, Mauvais Sang (The Night is Young, 1986) was a Competition selection at the 1987 Berlinale. Her second collaboration with Carax, Les amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers On The Bridge, 1991), screened in the Forum section at the 1992 Berlinale. In 1993, the year of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Trois Couleurs: Bleu (Three Colors: Blue), Binoche was awarded the Berlinale Camera (a “tribute to personalities and institutions that have made a unique contribution to film and to whom the festival feels especially close”).

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