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On the glamorous floor of the Berlinale 71-year-old Jeremy Irons as an actor is no stranger. In 2011 the Brit came to the Berlin Film Festival for the first time: as the celebrated leading actor in the film "Margin Calls" (The Big Crash), which was in international competition that year.

Sophisticated, "very British", and with sovereign elegance, the Oscar winner walked the red carpet during the film festival. In 2013 Irons presented as an actor together with his director Bille August at the Berlinale the film adaptation "Night Train to Lisbon" (night train to Lisbon).

Picture gallery cinema palaces in Berlin (picture-alliance / dpa / B. Pedersen)

International film festival: The Berlinale came at 70

At that time, however, the film was in the "Out of Competition" competition. The new artistic director, Carlo Chatrian, abolished this category for 2020.

A lot of prominence for the 70th Berlinale

The Berlinale management, one from this year double top, also presented the name with some pride. The renowned festival needs such highlights. "The iconic characters that Jeremy Irons embodied and his distinctive style have accompanied me on my own cinematic journey. And I have seen the complexity of human nature," said Carlo Chatrian, director of the Berlinale, to the press. "I appreciate Jeremy Irons as a person and as an artist and I am proud to welcome him as the jury president for the 70th edition of the Berlinale."

New Berlinale Spitze (picture-alliance / dpa / C. Soeder)

New management duo for the Berlinale: Marietta Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian

The British actor, who received an Oscar for his life's work, apparently feels honored by this new role. He always likes to visit the German capital. "It is a special pleasure for me to be president of the jury for the festival in Berlin," he said. "It not only gives me the opportunity to return to this great city, but also to watch the selected films and to discuss their advantages with my jury colleagues."

Theater actor and Oscar winner

Meryl Streep The Mistress Of The French Lieutenant (picture-alliance / United Archives / IFTN)

Passionate: Jeremy Irons with film partner Meryl Streep in "The Lover of the Lieutenant"

Over the course of his acting career, Jeremy Irons has worked with numerous internationally known directors: David Lynch, Louis Malle, Volker Schlöndorff and Bernardo Bertolucci. The Briton with the striking face achieved worldwide fame in 1981 through his leading role in the classic movie "The French Lieutnants' Woman", in which he stood in front of the camera together with Hollywood actress Meryl Streep.

At the beginning of his career, he was best known as a theater actor, including at the London West End. As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he remained loyal to the theater stage even after his screen debut. 1984 appeared on Broadway for the first time – in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" and received the Tony Award for it.

Opening Venice Film Festival (picture-alliance / dpa)

Venice Film Biennial: Awarded the Golden Lion for his life's work

Irons has received several prestigious, top-class film awards. In 1992 he received both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film "Reversal of Fortune" (The Affair of Sunny von B.). In 2002 the Academy awarded him the Oscar for his cinematic life's work. He became known to a wider audience in 1994 as an impressive dubbing voice in the Disney classic "The Lion King" – as a mean villain.

Career highlight for Irons

His predecessor in the jury presidency is the French actress Juliette Binoche. In 2018, German director Tom Tykwer chaired the main body of the Berlinale. A second name has also leaked in the press. The Golden Honorary Bear received the British actress in February Helen Mirren,

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