Juliette Binoche, prestigious guest of honour at the Brussels Film Festival
by Aurore Engelen
- Following Peter Greenaway, Bertrand Tavernier and Alan Parker, the Brussels Film Festival has just announced the identity of its next guest of honour, Juliette Binoche
The Brussels Film Festival, which will take place from 5 to 12 June, seeks to highlight the diversity of young European cinema. In addition, the festival regularly invites prestigious international film personalities to meet the Brussels audience.
Although Juliette Binoche is first and foremost a French actress, her international career makes her a symbolic world cinema personality. Revealed by André Techiné in Rendez-vous in 1985, the following year she received the Romy Schneider Award, and became Leos Carax’s muse. Carax exalted her in Bad Blood, and then in Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991). She has led a dazzling career that makes her a sure asset for French cinema (we find her in the work of Doillon, Klapisch, Malle, Rappeneau, Leconte, and more recently in Bruno Dumont’s Camille Claudel 1915 [+see also:
interview: Bruno Dumont
film profile], and of course in Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile] by Olivier Assayas, for which she was nominated for the Césars this year), but also for European cinema, with Lasse Hallström, Michael Haneke, Chantal Akerman, and soon Isabel Coixet.
Her performance in Bleu by Krzysztof Kieslowski in 1993 earned her her first César, and helped once again to position her on the global cinema stage, following her notable performance in The Unbearable Lightness of Being adapted by Kundera for Philip Kaufman. She returns in Wuthering Heights, an adaptation of Emily Brontë’s masterpiece by English director Peter Kosminsky, and then in the film of another English director, Anthony Minghella this time withThe English Patient, which earns her an Oscar. Her career is littered with accolades and awards: she was nominated 9 times for the Césars, 3 times for the Golden Globes; 3 times for the European Films Awards (and received the award for The English Patient, for which she also received a Silver Bear and a BAFTA). In addition, she received the Award for Best Actress at Cannes for her role in Certified Copy [+see also:
film profile] by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.
On the occasion of the next Brussels Film Festival she will give a film lesson, before presenting a carte Blanche at the Cinematek. She is currently initiating a theatre tour with a new version of Sophocle's Antigone in English.
(Translated from French)