French actress and director Jeanne Moreau passed away at the age of 89 on July 31, 2017.
Jeanne Moreau was one of French cinema’s greatest performers and starred in more than 120 films. In 1958 she got her first big break in Louis Malles’s Lift to the Scaffold. Many roles followed, for instance, in films by François Truffaut, Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel, Michelangelo Antonioni, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Wim Wenders. In 1976, she made her directorial debut with the film Lumiere.
She was often a guest of the Berlin International Film Festival, most recently in 2008 with Amos Gitai’s Later, which screened in the Berlinale Special. Years earlier she had also presented her second directorial work, An Adolescent Girl (1979), in the Competition, and in 1983 she was a member of the International Jury. The Berlinale paid tribute to Jeanne Moreau and her exceptional artistic career by awarding her an Honorary Golden Bear in 2000.