WEEK IN WOMEN: Juliette Binoche honored at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The San Sebastian International Film Festival will honor French movie star Juliette Binoche with one of its Donostia Awards, the Spanish fest’s career achievement prize.

She will receive the award in recognition of her extensive career, “which has seen her play almost 75 characters, from power-wielding heroines to fragile beings, with historical figures, drama roles and comedy parts along the way,” according to the announcement.

Plus, the poster for the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival features a portrait of Binoche taken by French photographer Brigitte Lacombe.

The award will be presented to Binoche in conjunction with a screening of writer-director Claire Denis’ acclaimed Both Sides of the Blade, for which Denis earned the Silver Bear for Best Director at the last Berlin Festival. Binoche stars in the romantic drama opposite Vincent Lindon and Grégoire Colin.

Binoche broke out on the European cinema scene in 1985 with Jean-Luc Godard’s Hail Mary and André Téchiné’s Rendez-vous. Her international breakthrough came in 1998 when she starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Lena Olin in Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

She has not only starred in Hollywood films like Godzilla, The Ghost in the Shell and Dan in Real Life, but she also has worked with an international array of respected auteurs, including Denis, Olivier Assayas, Michael Haneke, John Boorman, Louis Malle, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Isabel Coixet, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Malgorzata Szumowska. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.