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Saturday 17 March 2018

French star takes her cue from Irish screen legend

Binoche: Oscar-winning actress
Binoche: Oscar-winning actress

Majella O'Sullivan

AN OSCAR-winning French actress will travel to Ireland to be honoured with another award in the name of silver screen legend Maureen O'Hara.

Juliette Binoche, the star of 'The English Patient', will receive the Maureen O'Hara Award at the Kerry Film Festival in November.

O'Hara (90) was famously overlooked for an Academy Award for films such as 'The Quiet Man', but Binoche might still look for a few tips from the veteran performer.

Organisers of the 11th edition of the film festival have confirmed that the actress is to accept the award at a ceremony in Tralee on November 6.

Kerry Film Festival director Jason O'Mahony said he was delighted Binoche would be on hand to pick up the award in person.

The actress was named one of 'Empire' magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work on 'The English Patient'.

Mr O'Mahony said: "Juliette is a wonderful actress and is a true leading light. In addition to her work in film she has worked tirelessly to overcome human rights abuses and is an active supporter of many worthy causes.

"The Maureen O'Hara Award acknowledges women that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their respective fields and Juliette Binoche is a most worthy recipient," he said.

The award was instigated in 2008 and its inaugural recipient was actress Brenda Fricker. Last year's winner was writer/director Rebecca Miller, wife of Daniel Day-Lewis.

A total of 541 films from 38 countries have been received for this year's film festival and the panel of judges includes Oscar-winning director James Marsh along with Noel Pearson and Tomm Moore, who directed 'The Secret of Kells'.

The main feature of the festival is a short film competition which focuses on young film-makers. The festival is a countywide event and runs from October 30 to November 6.

Irish Independent

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