Darren Aronofsky has been tapped as Jury President for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
“Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema,” Festival Director Dieter Kosslick said. “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.”
Aronofsky said, “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 is no stranger to the film festival circuit. His feature film debut, 1998’s “Pi,” won the award for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Script at the Independent Spirit Awards. He presented “Requiem for a Dream” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, and “The Fountain” at the Venice Film Festival in 2006. In addition, at “Mostra del Cinema” in Venice, his film “The Wrestler” won the Golden Lion in 2008.
In 2011, Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” landed him a Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Director’s Guild of America Awards and the BAFTAs.