Darren Aronofsky served as Jury President for Berlinale 2015. The International Jury decided who received the Golden Bear and Silver Bear of the 2015 Berlinale Competition. The other members of the International Jury were Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou, and Matthew Weiner.
The following is a brief biography for each members of jury:
1-Darren Aronofsky, Jury President, USA
He born and raised in Brooklyn. In 1998 he won Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Script at the Independent Spirit Awards for film π. He presented the 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 won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2008, which marked the sensational comeback of actor Mickey Rourke. Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, was nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Director’s Guild of America Awards and the British Academy Film Awards in 2011. His most recent work, the visually sweeping epos Noah starring Russell Crowe, was released in 2014.
2-Daniel Brühl, Germany
Daniel Brühl is one of a handful of German movie stars who have also established a successful international career. Following receiving the German Film Award for Das weiße Rauschen, Vaya con Dios and Nichts bereuen in 2002, he celebrated his breakthrough in 2003 with Good Bye, Lenin!, which screened in Competition at the Berlinale. For that role, Daniel Brühl received the European Film Award as well as another German Film Award. His international work has included roles in Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate and Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel. Following various productions in Germany, Spain, France and US, he was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award, for his work in Ron Howard’s Rush. His most recent role was alongside Helen Mirren in Simon Curtis’s Woman in Gold.
3-Bong Joon-ho, South Korea
Born in 1969 in Seoul, South Korea, Bong Joon-ho studied sociology before graduating from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA). He initially worked as a screenwriter and assistant director while making many short films. His feature film Barking Dogs Never Bite was released in 2000. His film Memories of Murder was screened at the San Sebastián film festival won numerous awards. In 2006, following its world premiere in the Quinzane des Réalisateurs in Cannes, The Host would go on to become the biggest box office hit ever in South Korea. Bong Joon-ho was invited to Cannes again in 2009 for Mother, this time in the section Un Certain Regard. His English language film debut Snowpiercer, featuring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt, was selected in the 2014 Berlinale Forum program.
4-Martha De Laurentiis, USA
Martha De Laurentiis and her husband Dino founded their film production company, De Laurentiis Company, in 1980. Since then they have produced for over 40 feature films and television series, including Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, The Bedroom Window by Curtis Hanson, Michael Cimino’s Desperate Hours, Breakdown, U-571 by Jonathan Mostow, and Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon. Their film production company has produced Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of Hannibal, which was screened out of competition at the Berlinale in 2001. De Laurentiis Company is also an executive producer of the Hannibal television series, which stars Mads Mikkelsen and has entered its third season in the US.
5-Claudia Llosa, Peru
Peruvian native Claudia Llosa studied Communication in Lima and later scriptwriting at the Escuela TAI in Madrid. She began her career in advertising before starting her own film production company. Her first feature film Madeinusa was released in 2006. In 2012, her short film Loxoro was selected in the Berlinale Shorts program and won the Teddy Award. Her English-language film debut Aloft, starring Jennifer Connelly, Mélanie Laurent and Cillian Murphy, screened in Competition in 2014 and Sundance Spotlight 2015.
6-Audrey Tautou, France
Audrey Tautou’s feature film Venus Beauty got her a César Award. In 2001 she starred in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie and was nominated for the European Film Award, as well as for another César and a BAFTA in 2002. Her other films are Cédric Klapisch’s, L’Auberge Espagnole, Not on the Lips, Salvadori’s Priceless, Coco Before Chanel, and international productions such as The Da Vinci Code and Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things. Most recently, the French actress worked with Claude Miller (Thérèse Desqueyroux) and Michel Gondry (Mood Indigo).
7-Matthew Weiner, USA
Since 2007, Matthew Weiner has been the creator, executive producer, and writer of the successful and critically acclaimed television series Mad Men. The seventh and last season is currently running in the US. He has received nine Emmys, two BAFTAS, three Golden Globes, and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera.