LONDON — American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin Intl. Film Festival.
“Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as jury president of the Berlinale 2015,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.
Aronofsky made his feature film debut in 1998 with “Pi,” which won the award for best director at the Sundance Film Festival and script at the Independent Spirit Awards. He presented his cinematic adaptation “Requiem for a Dream” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, and the cult film “The Fountain” at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.
His film “The Wrestler,” which represented a comeback for actor Mickey Rourke, won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2008, and was hailed as the film of the year at the AFI Awards in Los Angeles.
In 2011, Aronofsky presented “Black Swan,” a psychological thriller taking place in the world of professional ballet. It was nominated for best director at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Directors’ Guild of America Awards and the BAFTAs. His latest pic, “Noah,” was released this year.
“At the Berlinale, the cinema is always exciting and fascinating. I am looking forward to watching the latest from the greatest in one of the great cities on the planet,” Aronofsky said.