She became famous as Helena, the most beautiful woman of antiquity, in Wolfgang Petersen's heroic epic movie Troy: the German actress Diane Kruger, who was born as Diane Heidkrüger in 1976 in Lower Saxony. Now she is on the jury of the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The jury will be chaired by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, who won seven Oscars for his film Gravity in 2013 and has taken part frequently in the Venice Film Festival. Diane Kruger also knows the film festival well: in 2009 the film Mr. Nobody, which also featured Kruger, won the Golden Osella award for the Best Technical Contribution in a fringe competition.
Voice for Claude Monet exhibition
Kruger's career began as a teenager – but not for the cinema. In 1992, as a 16-year-old, she made it into the world finals of the “Look of the Year” model competition and moved to Paris. Acting lessons followed, minor roles, bigger offers. To land the role of Helena in Troy, she had to assert herself against competition from 3,000 other applicants. When she was 39, star director Quentin Tarantino hired her, together with Til Schweiger and Daniel Brühl, for his film Inglourious Basterds, which grossed more than 300 million dollars worldwide in 2009.
Kruger is fluent in German, English and French, and dubs many of her roles herself. She often gets involved in unusual projects – for example in 2010 when she appeared in a music video, or in 2015 when she spoke the German and English audio guides for an art exhibition in Frankfurt-am-Main. With more than 430,000 visitors, Monet and the Birth of Impressionism became the most successful exhibition in the 200-year history of the Frankfurt Städel Museum.
Diane Kruger also knows all about film festivals. She was first German ever to compère (as “maîtresse de cérémonie”) the opening ceremony and prize gala at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. She was a jury member both at the 58th Berlin Film Festival in 2008 and at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival in 2012.
The presentation of the Golden Lion
In Venice she will represent the acting profession on the jury together with Elizabeth Banks (The Tribute of Panem). The other jury members involved choosing the prize-winners are the French writer, director and screenwriter Emmanuel Carrère, the Turkish film-maker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, the Italian director Francesco Munzi, the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, and the British director and screenwriter Lynne Ramsay. The Film Festival will end with the presentation of the Golden Lion.
72nd Venice Film Festival from 2 to 12 September