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Juliette Binoche to receive Golden Icon Award from Zurich Fest


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The 16th Zurich Film Festival will award its most prestigious accolade to the French actress. The Academy Award-winner stands as much for engaged auteur cinema as she does for high-end Hollywood entertainment. She will present her most recent movie LA BONNE ÉPOUSE at the festival.       
For the first time in its history, the Golden Icon Award goes to a French actress: Juliette Binoche will receive the Golden Icon Award for her acting career on September 30 in Corso 1. The most sought-after actress in French cinema for the past 30 years, Paris-born Binoche has worked in over 75 movies to date. She has stood in front of the camera for such masters as Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, André Téchiné, Leos Carax, Kryszstof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Claire Denis and Olivier Assayas, and is admired around the globe. “In the year that France is our guest country, it’s a great pleasure to honour a true icon of French cinema,” says Artistic Director Christian Jungen, “Binoche is an extremely versatile actress who chooses her roles with great care and embodies her characters with such depth, both in dramas and comedies.”            

Binoche was born into a family of artists and performed in theatre productions as a child. She played her first important role in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1984 drama JE VOUS SALUE, MARIE. Her breakthrough came when she appeared in André Téchiné’s RENDEZ-VOUS. After successfully breaking onto the Hollywood scene early on in her career when she performed in Philip Kaufman’s THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, she went on to win an Academy Award for her role as a nurse in the 1998 romantic drama THE ENGLISH PATIENT. This was followed by a further Academy Award nomination in 2000 for her role in CHOCOLAT. She does, however, not say yes to everything and, although she could have starred in one Hollywood blockbuster after another, she remained true to her roots in European auteur cinema to become a globally renowned ambassador for French auteur cinema. Binoche is the only person in the world to have been declared Best Actress at Cannes, Venice and Berlin for COPIE CONFORME, THE ENGLISH PATIENT and TROIS COULEURS BLEU respectively.       

“I am very happy to come to the ZFF in this year that is so special for the world and for the cinema. It's great that the Zurich Film Festival exists and can defend the cinema and the various international cultures represented through the films it presents to its audience. I'm very touched to be honored with the Golden Icon Award, but above all it's the films and the directors who made them that will be honored through me”, says Binoche, and adds: “I was impressed by the dynamism of the festival when I came in 2014 to meet the public. Meeting people who are passionate about other people and cultures has always made me move forward, because with each new film that's what determines me: meeting new worlds and through the characters I embody allow audiences from all over the world to discover new universes in turn. Thanks to the Zurich Festival and see you soon!” 

Binoche will present her most recent movie LA BONNE ÉPOUSE by Martin Provost in Zurich. The moral comedy sees her embody a bourgeois school principal confronted with budding feminism on the eve of the 1968 revolution. Binoche will also discuss her career during a ZFF Masters session to be held in Zurich on October 1.

Former recipients of the Golden Icon Award are amongst others Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere and Sean Penn. 

Credit Suisse is the official partner of the Golden Icon Award.




Juliette Binoche Biography 

Born March 9, 1964 in Paris, Juliette Binoche gave her debut in Jean-Luc Godard’s JE VOUS SALUE, MARIE before appearing the following year in André Téchiné's RENDEZ-VOUS. Her international breakthrough came when she appeared in Philip Kaufman’s L'INSOUTENABLE LÉGÈRETÉ DE L'ÊTRE and Louis Malle’s FATALE. She has worked with such international greats as Krzysztof Kieślowski (TROIS COULEURS:BLEU), Anthony Minghella (LE PATIENT ANGLAIS, PAR EFFRACTION), Michael Haneke (CODE INCONNU, CACHÉ), John Boorman (IN MY COUNTRY), David Cronenberg (COSMOPOLIS), and such renowned French directors as Diane Kurys (LES ENFANTS DU SIÈCLE), Patrice Leconte (LA VEUVE DE SAINT-PIERRE), Cédric Klapisch (PARIS) and Claire Denis (UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR, HIGH LIFE). Binoche most recently appeared in LA VÉRITÉ by Hirokazu Kore-Eda and LA BONNE ÉPOUSE by Martin Provost, and will soon appear again in LE QUAI DE OUISTREHAM by Emmanuel Carrère. Her career has been studded with regularity by various film awards, including an Academy Award and a César.



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September 26 - October 6, 2019

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