Berlin — Juliette Binoche will be the jury president at this winter's Berlin International Film Festival.
Organisers of the festival announced on Tuesday that the French actress will lead the jury that awards the Golden Bear and other top awards at the 2019 event, which runs from 7 February to 17 February. There was no immediate word on who will join her on the jury.
Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat) said in a statement that she "will embrace my task with joy and care." This winter's event is the last "Berlinale" under longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick.
The festival will open with a premiere of Danish director Lone Scherfig's The Kindness of Strangers.
Berlinale-lovers, hold on tight: We're extremely delighted to let you know that Lone Scherfig's modern-day fairytale 'The Kindness of Strangers' will open the 69th Berlin International Film Festival! So looking foward to #Berlinale2019 ??— Berlinale (@berlinale) December 6, 2018