Bérénice Bejo Named to Berlin International Film Festival Competition Jury

Bérénice Bejois reporting for jury dury…

The 70th Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled its juries, with the 43-year-old Argentine actress and Oscar nominee earning a spot.

Bérénice Bejo

In addition to Bejo, who earned an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in The Artist, producer Bettina Brokemper (Germany), director Annemarie Jacir(Palestine), playwright and director Kenneth Lonergan(USA), actor Luca Marinelli (Italy) and film critic and director Kleber Mendonça Filho(Brazil), will join president Jeremy Irons

They will award prizes including the Goldenand the Silver Bears to the 18 films in this year’s Competition line up.

The festival’s new competitive section Encounters will see Dominga Sotomayor(Chile), Eva Trobisch(Germany) and Shôzô Ichiyama(Japan) award three prizes: Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award.

The youth-focused Generations strand has two juries. The Kplus section will be overseen by Abbas Amini (Iran), Jenna Bass (South Africa) and Rima Das. The 14plus competition will be overseen by Marine Atlan (France), María Novaro (Mexico) and Erik Schmitt (Germany).

The international short film jury will feature animation filmmaker Réka Bucsi (Hungary), curator Fatma Çolakoğlu (Turkey) and filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.

The winner of the festival’s documentary prize, which encompasses the Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections, will be selected by Gerd Kroske (Germany), Marie Losier (France / USA), and Alanis Obomsawin (Canada).

Finally, the jury for the Best First Feature Award, which also encompasses multiple programs, will be Ognjen Glavonić(Serbia), Hala Lotfy(Egypt) and Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria(Spain).

The festival winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palaston February 29.

Bérénice Bejo to Star in Pablo Trapero’s Thriller “La Quietud”

Bérénice Bejo is embracing the tranquilty

The 41-year-old Argentine actress will star in the Argentine thriller La Quietud from Pablo Trapero, who won the 2015 Silver Lion Best Director prize at the Venice Film Festival for El Clan.

Berenice Bejo

The film stars Bejo, Martina Gusmán and Edgar Ramírez and centers on two sisters’ re-encounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past.

The film is being produced by Trapero’s Matanza Cine and Telefé in coproduction with Sony Pictures International Productions.

Production has begun in Buenos Aires.

Bejo earned an Academy Award nomination for her breakthrough role in The Artist. Her other film credits include A Knight’s Tale, The Past and The Search.

Bejo to Star in the Adventure-Fantasy Film “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir”

Berenice Bejo is preparing for an extraordinary journey

The 40-year-old Argentine actress, an Oscar nominee for her performance in The Artist, will star in The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, an adventure-fantasy film directed by Ken Scott.

Berenice Bejo

One of the most ambitious English-language titles on the slate of the recently rebranded TF1 Studios, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir will also topline Indian star Dhanush, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Laurent Lafitte and Abel Jafri.

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir was initially set to be directed by Persepolis helmer Marjane Satrapi. Scott came on board a few months ago to rework the script and direct the movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting in May in Mumbai, Paris, Brussels, and Rome.

The film is based on Romain Puértolas’ bestselling debut novel, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, which was published in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.

“The book was a huge success. It was sold in 36 countries. It’s a bestseller. There’s many aspects that interested me, there’s obviously comedy, a lot of comedy, some very poetic moments. It’s the story of this magician/thief who grew up in this small neighborhood in Mumbai, India, he sets sail on this journey of self-discovery throughout Europe,” said Scott.

“What’s great is I get to work with a great actor, Dhanush, who is a huge star in India, he’s a great actor, but also a great dancer, a great singer, he has a very unique way of dancing and moving, he’s just very charming,” added Scott.

Bejo’s film credits include Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, The Search and After Love.

Almodovar Receives France’s Prix Lumiere for His Lifetime Filmmaking Achievements

Pedro Almodóvar is beloved in France… And he has the prize to prove it!

The 65-year-old Spanish filmmaker has received the country’s Prix Lumiere for his lifetime filmmaking career.

Pedro Almodovar

Almodóvar was overcome by emotion during the tribute ceremony over the weekend, which was attended by members of the French film industry, as well as some of the actresses closest to him like Marisa Paredes, Rossy de Palma and Elena Anaya.

The ceremony ended with the 3,000 attendees packed into the Lyon Congress Center showing their devotion to the director, and at one point singing and dancing to “Resistire” by the Duo Dinamico.

Almodóvar closed the night’s moving festivities, which went on for more than two and a half hours, with a speech that, he said, he had prepared as if it were for a Nobel Prize and which he dedicated entirely to his mother.

Almodóvar, known for such films as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother and Talk to Her, said that his use of “explosive and saturated” colors is his act of revenge for the more than 30 years his mother spent in the “imposed” black of mourning.

Among the film icons who came to honor him were Isabella Rossellini, Paolo Sorrentino, Berenice Bejo and Keanu Reeves.

French actress Juliette Binoche presented him with the prize while shouting “Merci!” which recalled Penelope Cruz’s famous cry of “Peeeedro!” when she announced that the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film went to All About My Mother in 2000.

The prize offered by the Lumiere Institute has paid tribute every year since 2009 to an international film personality. Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Gerard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Quentin Tarantino.

The next day, on Saturday, Almodovar announced that he has begun pre-production for his next film and that on Monday he will begin finding locations for the shoot, but specified it will take place “in various points around Spain’s geography, as well as in Madrid.”

“About the rest, the actors and other details, we’ll have time to talk about that in the coming months,” Almodovar said, after confessing that his visit to the Lumiere Festival has been a “delightful pause” in his new moviemaking project.

Cohen Media Group Acquires North American Rights to Bejo’s Heist Film “The Last Diamond”

Bérénice Bejo’s heist film is headed to U.S. theaters…

Cohen Media Group has acquired the North American distribution and English-language remake rights to The Last Diamond, starring the 37-year-old Argentine actress.

Berenice Bejo in The Last Diamond

Written and directed by Eric Barbier (The Serpent, Toreros), the French suspense drama centers on paroled jewel thief Simon (Yvan Attal) as he plots the heist of a legendary diamond, put up for auction by the family of gem expert Julia (Bejo).

Masquerading as a securityconsultant, Simon leads the beautiful but vulnerable Julia down a seductive, dangerous path toward a fate neither of them suspected.

Jean-Francois Stévenin also stars.


The Last Diamond / Le Dernier Diamant (2014… by unifrance

The Last Diamond will have its North American premiere at the Colcoa Film Festival in Hollywood.

It’s set to open in France at the end of the month followed by an early 2015 release in the U.S.

Bejo Earns César Award for Her Performance in Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past”

It’s a blast from the past for Bérénice Bejo

The 37-year-old Argentine actress has earned a César Award nomination for Best Actress for her critically acclaimed performance in Asghar Farhadi’s The Past.

Berenice Bejo

The film’s twisting plot involves secrets, lies, deceit, divorce, affairs, comas, pregnancy and other traumatic situations.

“This is a film that is so far removed from my life, from my everyday,” says Bejo. “But at the same time, it’s really interesting to play someone who is your total opposite.”

It’s Bejo’s second Best Actress nomination for the César Award, France’s equivalent to the Oscars. She previously won the prize in 2011 for her star-making performance in The Artist, a role that also earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Even though Bejo failed to earn an Oscar nomination this time around for her performance in the French-language drama The Past, she did win the Best Actress prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Pablo Berger‘s Blancanieves and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity are both nominated in the Best Foreign Film category.

The César Awards ceremony will take place on February 28 in Paris.

Here’s a look at this year’s Latino nominees:

BEST ACTRESS
Fanny Ardant, Les Beaux Jours
Bérénice Bejo, The Past
Catherine Deneuve, Elle S’En Va
Sara Forestier, Suzanne
Sandrine Kiberlain, 9 Mois Ferme
Emmanuelle Seigner, Venus In Fur
Léa Seydoux, Blue Is The Warmest Color

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Blancanieves
Blue Jasmine
Dead Man Talking
Django Unchained
The Great Beauty
Gravity

Bejo Takes Best-Dressed Latina Title Again at the Golden Globes

Bérénice Bejo has made a red-hot return to the Golden Globe Awards red carpet…

The 37-year-old Argentine actress and former nominee, who wowed in her first appearance on the Globes red carpet last year, looked simply irresistible at this Sunday’s event, earning Best-Dressed Latina honors for the second year in a row.

Berenice Bejo

Bejo, at the awards show to support her latest film, The Past, and its Best Foreign Language Film nomination, wore a red Giambattista Valli gown complete with floral embellishments to this year’s show.

Sofia Vergara

Four-time Golden Globes nominee Sofia Vergara may not have taken home the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie for the fourth straight year. But that didn’t stop the 41-year-old Colombian bombshell and Modern Family star from making her mark on the red carpet.

Vergara wore a black strapless Zac Posen gown with a sweetheart bodice and a full skirt that envelopes the carpet. She finished off her look with a turquoise necklace and soft locks.

Celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh wanted to give the star a classically simple yet chic blowout. “We wanted to keep Sofia looking modern and fresh and a chic, luxurious blowout lent her that,” he said.

Zoe Saldana

Star Trek Into Darkness star Zoë Saldaña, a presenter at this year’s show, walked down the red carpet in a black gown from Prabal Gurung‘s spring 2014 collection. The dress featured hand-embroidered Swarovski crystals and painted brush strokes.

Rocsi Diaz

Entertainment Tonight correspondent Rocsi Diaz covered the action on the red carpet in a cream and white ruffle-paneled dress.

Bejo Earns Best Actress Honors at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Bérénice Bejo is being heralded for her Past achievements…

The 37-year-old Argentine actress won a best actress award at the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival for her critically acclaimed role in the French/Iranian family drama The Past.

Berenice Bejo

Bejo received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film on Saturday during the closing ceremony of the festival.

“Bérénice Bejo’s portrait of a woman in profound transition, struggling to close the door on one relationship, trying to keep the other open, offers a symphony of emotions: regret, longing, love, hurt, need,” festival juror Steven Rea said at the ceremony.

“Her character may waver, but Bejo’s performance stays straight and true,” he added.

The French-language film was directed by Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.

It’s the latest award for the Oscar-nominated actress’ performance in the past.

She won the Best Actress award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Bejo is also nominated for Most Promising Actress from the Magritte Awards, which are given annually for excellence of Belgian francophone cinematic achievements.

Bejo to Star in Michel Hazanavicius’ Drama “The Search”

Bérénice Bejo is reuniting with her husband for another film project…

The 37-year-old Argentine actress, who earned an Oscar nod for her performance in The Artist, will star opposite Annette Bening in her husband Michel Hazanavicius’ drama The Search, which the Oscar-winning director also wrote.

Berenice Bejo

The film will reunite Hazanavicius with producer Thomas Langmann and his award-winning production team from The Artist.

The Search tells the story of an NGO worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.

It’s based on Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, which is set in post-World War II Berlin.

Shooting is currently underway in the country of Georgia, then will move on to France.

Bejo Earns Best Actress Honors at the Cannes Film Festival

Following her critically acclaimed performance in 2011’s The Artist, Bérénice Bejo is back in the hunt for Oscar.

The 36-year-old Argentine Oscar-nominated actress earned best actress honors at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Bérénice Bejo

Bejo fought back emotion as she picked up her award on Sunday for her starring role in Asghar Farhadi‘s French-language film The Past.

Bejo, who rose to international acclaim with the Best Picture-winning silent film The Artist, plays a wife who asks her estranged husband to return from Iran to finalize their divorce.

After the awards ceremony, Bejo said she was touched by the honor but felt uncomfortable with the idea of taking credit for Oscar winner Farhadi’s Paris-set family drama.

“It is special to get a best performance prize; it is for me and I cannot imagine getting something just for me,” said Bejo. “I would be nothing if there weren’t other actors, the director, photography, and all the members of the crew.”

“It is as if the film is being reduced just to me and I can’t envision that,” she added, speaking in French.

Bejo — who was born in Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish as well as English — is married to Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist, which swept the 2012 Oscars with five awards including Best Picture.

Speaking earlier in the festival, she said she received offers from Hollywood after the success of The Artist.

But she said the chance to keep working in Paris with “one of the world’s best directors” was more tempting.

She said the shifting perceptions in Farhadi’s films, where things are never quite what they seem, had drawn her to the character of Marie.

“For an actress it was quite an extraordinary experience — things appear true and then turn out to be completely different,” she said.

Sony Picture Classics is set to distribute The Past in the United States in the near future.