Lupita Nyong`o Named Jury President for 2024 Berlin Film Festival

2023-12-18 10:04:14

The Academy Award-winning and Tony nominated Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o will head the 2024 jury for the Berlin Film Festival.

The Kenyan-Mexican actor will preside over the international film festival (referred to as the Berlinale) for its 2024 edition. She replaces Kristen Stewart who was the 2023 Berlinale’s Jury President.

“Lupita Nyong’o embodies what we like in cinema: versatility in embracing different projects, addressing different audiences, and consistency to one idea that is quite recognisable in her characters, as diverse as they may look,” said Berlinale directors Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.

Since her 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave (director: Steve McQueen), the Kenyan-Mexican actor, director, producer and New York Times bestselling author Lupita Nyong`o has become one of the most high-profile international actors, inspiring audiences and film critics alike.

The daughter of Kenyan parents was born in Mexico City and grew up in Kenya. Lupita Nyong`o then studied Film and Theatre Studies at Hampshire College (USA). After further studies at the Yale School of Drama, she began her acting career and celebrated her breakthrough with 12 Years a Slave. For which, in addition to the Oscar, she received the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics` Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award and the NAACP Image Award.

Her screen successes include the Marvel film Black Panther, the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverUsLittle MonstersQueen of KatweStar Wars: The Force Awakens and the horror film The 355. She will soon be taking on a role in the horror franchise spin-off series A Quiet Place: Day One. In addition to her film career, Lupita Nyong`o is also active on the Broadway stage and wrote the children`s book “Sulwe” in 2020, which was on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Lupita Nyong`o is currently preparing a podcast focussing on non-fictional storytelling from the African diaspora and she is developing a series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah”.

She was recently executive producer of the Sudanese film Goodbye Julia (directorial debut of Mohamed Kordofani). Goodbye Julia was selected by the Sudanese National Committee operating in exile to compete for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.

K. Gj. 


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