Juliette Binoche to head 2019 Berlinale int'l jury

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BERLIN, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- French actress and Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the international jury at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (also known as the Berlinale), according to an official press release released on 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 Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale. Binoche said she will embrace the task with "joy and care".

One of the most recognized actresses worldwide, Binoche has captivated audiences and critics alike in over 70 films, and has garnered numerous awards and nominations.

Binoche won a Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actress as well as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1997 for her role as the French-Canadian nurse Hana in the film "The English Patient".

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from Feb. 7 to Feb. 17, 2019.