Göteborg Film Festival proudly presents the 2018 Honorary Dragon Award recipient: Juliette Binoche. The acclaimed actress will visit the festival to receive the Honorary Award and hold a Master Class on February 5th. Binoche will also be joining in the festival’s celebration of Ingmar Bergman by selecting Scenes From a Marriage for a special retrospective.
Appearing in films such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient, Three Colors: Blue and The Lovers on the Bridge early on in her career, Binoche immediately established herself as one of the very best. With about 70 films now behind her, Juliette Binoche is one of the most significant actors around today.
“First I want to thank Göteborg Film Festival for this honorary award, I take it as a wink, a tap on the shoulder or even a hug! I almost want to answer that I hope it doesn’t mean anything too serious! I feel very lucky doing what I’m doing, I still have the same passion, still have a lot to learn, the joy I’m sharing on the sets are gold to me! Being an actor is a work of service. The key for me, is to do it with full commitment!” – Juliette Binoche
“As one of the most influential actors of our time, Juliette Binoche has behind her a wide range of iconic performances that have helped shape modern European film history. She has a unique talent for invoking deeply felt passion and sorrow with the smallest of gestures, and can be found exploring the full poetic range of melancholy romance in a number of unforgettable films. At the same time, she is a versatile actor who breathes life into her characters across a wide spectrum of genres, from drama, to comedy, to tragedy” – Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director, Göteborg Film Festival.
This year, Göteborg Film Festival will host a special focus to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth. The programme will feature several screenings, talks and events, including a retrospective of Bergman’s films selected by internationally renowned filmmakers and talent. Juliette Binoche’s chosen work is Scenes From a Marriage.
“The intelligence, sensitivity and truthfulness that are expressed in that film are overwhelming to me, it seems that Bergman was able expose through his writing, the dark and light sides of his being. Humour makes you bear the intolerable, and shows that life is not a straight line, but a contradictory, glorious, wicked, funny, twisted, full different roads. Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson are exceptional beings and actors, the triangle they play together is a real jewel to humanity.” – Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche will attend Göteborg Film Festival from February 2nd to February 4th. She will receive the Honorary Dragon Award at the Dragon Award gala on February 3rd.
Göteborg Film Festival will also honour Binoche with a retrospective of a selection of her films.
Previously the Festival has announced Alicia Vikander as the recipient of the Nordic Honorary Award.