Mike Leigh to head Berlin jury
by Bénédicte Prot
02/12/2011 - The international jury at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival (February 9-19, 2012) will be headed by UK director Mike Leigh.
The career of this pioneer of British social realism began in 1972 with his feature Bleak Moments, which won the Golden Leopard at Locarno that same year. Besides his 11 big-screen productions (including Naked, winner of Best Director at Cannes in 1993, Secrets and Lies, winner of the Palme d'Or in 1996 and five Oscar nominations, and Vera Drake [trailer], winner of the Golden Lion at Venice in 2004), Leigh has also worked a lot in television and theatre (his latest play to date, Grief, is touring the UK until the end of January). He is also chairman of the London Film School.
Leigh has been a regular at Berlin since the screening of Meantime, starring Gary Oldman, in the Forum section in 1984. In 1988, he presented the short film The Short and Curlies in the Panorama and he was invited back to the same section in 1991 with the feature Life Is Sweet. In 2008, he was in competition with the upbeat film Happy-Go-Lucky [trailer], which earned Sally Hawkins the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
(Translated from French)