Jeremy Irons will be the Jury President of the 70th Berlinale edition

Acclaimed British film and theatre actor to serve as president of the international jury.

The acclaimed British actor Jeremy Irons will serve as president of the International Jury at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.


It is with feelings of great pleasure and not inconsiderable honour that I take on the role of president of the International Jury for the Berlinale 2020, a festival that I have admired for so long and that I have always enjoyed attending. Being in Berlin for the festival will be a treat giving me the opportunity not only to remind myself of that great city but also to watch this year’s crop of films chosen by the festival, followed by the opportunity to discuss their merits with my fellow jury members,” said Irons with regard to his Jury presidency at the festivals 70th anniversary. 


Jeremy Irons is one of the most distinguished character actors in the international film and theatre world, with many renowned international directors, including David Lynch (Inland Empire), Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven), Volker Schlöndorff (Swann in Love), Louis Malle (Damage), Bernardo Bertolucci (Stealing Beauty) and many more.


Jeremy Irons has gained numerous international film honours during the course of his career. For his portrayal as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune by Barbet Schroeder, he received both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Actor in 1991. In 2006, he was also awarded a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in the series Elizabeth I. He is also the recipient of an Honorary César Award in 2002.


The genres of the films in which Jeremy Irons played central roles encompass a very broad spectrum. In The Mission, Irons took on the role of a Spanish Jesuit, whilst in the screen adaptation of Isabel Allende’s famous debut novel The House of the Spirits, he played an ambitious rancher. He acted as the antagonist in the action film Die Hard: With a Vengeance, one of the three musketeers in the novel The Man in the Iron Mask and Franz Kafka in Steven Soderbergh’s biographical thriller Kafka. In 1997, he embodied the protagonist Humbert Humbert in the controversial film adaptation of Lolita by Adrian Lyne. Jeremy Irons can currently be seen as Ozymandias in the HBO series Watchmen.


70th edition of Berlinale International Film Festival will take place from February 20 to March 1, 2020.

Jeremy Irons. President of the International Jury 2020 © Photo: Antonello&Montesi