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Mike Leigh To Serve As Berlin Film Festival Jury President

Written by: FFT Webmaster | December 19th, 2011

Acclaimed British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival to be held in February 2012. Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has become one of the most distinguished film auteurs, with a special gift for bringing out the best in his actors. His films have received countless international awards and several Oscar nominations. Among his many kudos are the Best Director prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival for NAKED, the Palme d’Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for SECRETS AND LIES, and the Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Film Festival for VERA DRAKE. Since 1972, with his directorial debut BLEAK MOMENTS, he has directed more than 20 films, as well as working on television and in the theater. He is now also serves as Chairman of the London Film School. Leigh has premiered many of his films at the Berlin Film Festival, including the 2008 film HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, which won for its lead actress Sally Hawkins the Silver Bear for Best Actress. For more information on this year’s festival, visit: www.berlinale.de

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