LONDON — Meryl Streep is to serve as the president of the jury at the 66th Berlin Intl. Film Festival, which runs Feb. 11-21. It will be the first time that she has served as a film festival juror.
“Meryl Streep is one of the most creative and multifaceted film artists. To mark our enthusiasm for her extraordinary talent we awarded her the honorary Golden Bear in 2012 for her lifetime achievement. I am very happy that she is returning to Berlin and with her artistic experience will take on the chairmanship of the International Jury,” Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said.
Streep has been a guest at the festival on several occasions: in 1999, she was awarded the Berlinale Camera, and in 2003, together with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, she shared the Silver Bear award for their performances in “The Hours.” In 2006, she appeared in Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy “A Prairie Home Companion,” which played in the competition section. In 2012, the Berlinale dedicated a homage to Streep and awarded her the honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.
“It is a thrill to return to the festival under any circumstances, but it is with great relish and anticipation I look forward to jury duty. The responsibility is somewhat daunting, as I have never been president of anything before, and I hope I can come up to the precedent set by the distinguished juries of preceding years. Grateful for the honor,” Streep said.