The Berlin Film Festival has announced that Meryl Streep will serve as the jury president of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival next year. While Streep has been a guest to countless film festivals, the Berlinale in February will mark the first time the three-time Academy Award winner and 19-time nominee has ever served as a festival juror.
“Meryl Streep is one of the most creative and multifaceted film artists,” said Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlin International Film Festival. “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.”
“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,” Streep herself said in response to the news. “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 previously was awarded the Berlinale Camera in 1999, the Silver Bear award for “The Hours” alongside Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman in 2003, and the lifetime achievement award in 2012. Streep can next be seen opposite Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter in “Suffragette,” which will be released in U.S. theaters next week.