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Meryl Streep To Execute The Role Of President
Of The Berlin International Film Festival Jury 2016

The International Jury: Jury President Meryl Streep Top Row:L-R.Alba Rohrwacher, Clive Owen, Malgorzata Szumowska,Bottom Row L-R Nick James, Brigitte Lacombe, Lars Eidinger
 
Meryl Streep (USA) ranked among the top of the world's most talented and versatile actresses is the president of International Jury at the Berlinale 2016. This occasion marks the first time Streep has served as a juror and president at an international film festival. The 2012 Berlinale Homage was dedicated to Meryl Streep and she was also awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Golden Bear. In addition to her long list of outstanding performances, Meryl Streep appeared in the historical drama Suffragette (Director: Sarah Gavron, 2015), Ricki and the Flash (Director: Jonathan Demme, 2015). Streep will be seen next in Stephen Frear's Florence Foster Jenkins.

The International Jury presents the following awards:
Golden Bear for Best Film (awarded to the film's producer); Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize; Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives; Silver Bear for Best Director; Silver Bear for Best Actress; Silver Bear for Best Actor; Silver Bear for Best Script; Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories camera, editing, music, score, costume or set design.

Members of the International Jury:
Lars Eidinger, Germany: Lars Eidinger is one of Germany's most accomplished actors. He alternates between the stage, screen and television. Since 1999, he has been a member of the ensemble at Berlin's Schaubühne theatre, where he has also directed plays. His breakthrough on the screen was in Maren Ade's Everyone Else, which won the Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear) at the Berlinale in 2009. He participated in the Berlinale Competition again in 2012 with Home for the Weekend (D: Hans-Christian Schmid), and in 2015 with Sworn Virgin (D: Laura Bispuri). In that same year he was also in the Panorama section with Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents (D: Stina Werenfels). His outstanding performances on the stage include Thomas Ostermeier's production of Hamlet, which Eidinger has played nationally and internationally over 250 times since 2008.

Nick James, United Kingdom: Nick James is an internationally renowned film critic, author and programmer. In the late 1980s he began to write articles about film for City Limits magazine, where he became head of the film section. Since 1997 he is editor of the film magazine Sight Sound. His articles on film, art and literature have been published in The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Vogue, the London Review of Books and The Literary Review. Heat, his book about Michael Mann's film of the same name, was published in 2002. In 2010 he received the title of Chevalier de L'ordre des arts et des lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. Since 2012 he has curated the Deep Focus film series, which is put on twice a year by the British Film Institute at BFI Southbank.

Brigitte Lacombe, France: Since the 1970s, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe has ranked among the world's best-known and most successful artists in her field. Her photographs frequently appear in publications such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, The New Yorker, Zeit Magazine, The Financial Times, and The New York Times Magazine. In 1975, one of her first big assignments took her to the Cannes Film Festival; since then she has had very close links to the world of cinema. She works regularly as a special photographer visiting the film sets of directors such as Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spike Jonze, Sam Mendes, David Mamet and Michael Haneke. From 2009 to 2013, she was commissioned by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) to take portraits of over 350 international filmmakers and actors, mostly from the Middle East region. Lacombe, who has received the Art Directors Club's Lifetime Achievement Award for Photography, has published two books to date: Lacombe anima / persona (Steidl-Dangin, 2008) and Lacombe cinema / theatre (Schirmer/Mosel, 2001).

Clive Owen, United Kingdom: In 1991, right at the start of his career, Berlinale audiences got to see Clive Owen in Stephen Poliakoff's Close My Eyes, which screened in the Panorama section. Clive Owen has a long list of performances in which he has succeeded in balancing small arthouse productions such as Croupier (D: Mike Hodges, 1998) or Shadow Dancer (D: James Marsh, Competition - out of competition 2012) with mainstream hits such as Sin City (2005). He received the Golden Globe and a nomination for an Oscar for Mike Nichols's Closer (2005), and worked with directors such as Robert Altman (Gosford Park, 2001), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, 2006), and Spike Lee (Inside Man, 2006). Owen, is currently playing the lead in Soderbergh's TV series The Knick (since 2014), for which he has been nominated for the Golden Globe, and starred in Tom Tykwer's political thriller The International (2008), which opened the Berlinale in 2009. In 2016 he will begin production on Luc Besson's Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Alba Rohrwacher, Italy: Alba Rohrwacher is amongst the up-and-coming and important actresses of her generation. The daughter of a German father and Italian mother, she made her feature film debut with An Italian Romance (D: Carlo Mazzacurati) in 2004. Since then she has worked with numerous renowned Italian and international directors. Rohrwacher won the Italian David di Donatello film award in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 she was celebrated as a European Shooting Star at the Berlinale and in Venice in 2014 she won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress for her performance in Hungry Hearts (D: Saverio Costanzo).

Małgorzata Szumowska, Poland: Małgorzata Szumowska is among Poland's most prominent filmmakers. She graduated in film directing from the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. Her first two feature films, Happy Man (2000) and Stranger (2004), were both nominated by the European Film Academy for European Discovery of the Year. Her next movie 33 Scenes from Life was awarded at the film festival in Locarno. Szumowska's films frequently showcase in Berlinale. Stranger was shown in the Panorama section in 2005. In 2012, Elles starring Juliette Binoche opened the Panorama and went on to theatrical distribution in more than 40 countries. Her first film in Competition was In the Name of, which won the Teddy Award at the 63rd Berlinale. Małgorzata Szumowska's Body won the Silver Bear for Best Director in 2015, and went on to garner the most awards of any Polish film in 2015.

 
 



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