Meryl Streep to head up Berlin Film Festival


Berlin (dpa) – The US actress and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is to head up the jury for next year’s Berlin Film Festival, officials announced Wednesday.

“Meryl Streep is one of the most creative and multifaceted film artists,” said Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick.

“I am very happy that she is returning to Berlin and with her artistic experience will take on the chairmanship of the International Jury,” he said.

Streep, who has appeared in more than 40 movies, was awarded an Honorary Golden Bear by the Berlinale in 2012 for her lifetime achievement.

Her list of awards and honours includes being nominated 19 times for an Oscar, which she went on to win three times. She was honoured with a Golden Globe eight times.

The 66-year-old Streep broke onto the international cinema stage in the late 1970’s following her performances in the TV series Holocaust and Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter.

She also appeared in the divorce drama Kramer vs Kramer, for which she received her first Oscar. She then won a second Academy Award for her role in US director’s Alan J Pakula’s Sophie’s Choice.

Streep won her third Oscar in 2011 for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Streep is to return shortly to the silver screen playing a women’s rights activist in the upcoming historical drama Suffragette.

The Berlin Film Festival is considered to be one of the world’s leading movie festivals alongside Cannes and Venice.