Meryl Streep, President of the Berlinale Jury

US actress Meryl Streep to head the Berlinale Jury in 2016.

She’s regarded as one of the best and most versatile actresses in the world. She has received innumerable, important film awards and has been nominated for an Oscar more often than any other actress: the American actress Meryl Streep. At this year’s Berlinale she will help choose the best films, actors and directors in the competition as President of the International Jury, which is responsible for awarding the Golden and Silver Bears.

“I’d like to spend more time in Berlin one day”

“Two years ago, when she was awarded an Honorary Golden Bear, Meryl Streep was greeted with great waves of enthusiasm and affection,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. So when she told him after the ceremony that she would like to spend more time in Berlin one day, he had seized the opportunity and replied: “Great, that can be arranged.” Jury work was a tough job, says Kosslick: the judges had to watch 18 films in ten days, meet for discussions, attend protocol appointments and give interviews. Although Meryl Streep had never chaired a festival jury before, she agreed to do it.

The international breakthrough for the actress from New Jersey came in the late 1970s with Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, for which she received her first Oscar nomination in 1979. Only a year later she was awarded an Oscar for her role in the divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer; and just a few years after that she received her second Oscar as leading actress in the literary adaptation Sophie’s Decision. Meryl Streep has appeared in more than 40 films in her career, including Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Manhattan, Sidney Pollack’s epic adaptation Out of Africa – and Stephen Daldry’s literary adaptation The Hours, for which she received a Silver Bear at the Berlinale together with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman. She was awarded her third Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

66th Berlin International Film Festival from 11 to 21 February 2016