With just nine days to go before opening night, the Berlin International Film Festival is putting the final touches on their 66th edition. Organizers have announced the official seven-person jury, which will be presided over by previously-announced president Meryl Streep. The actress will be joined by Clive Owen, German actor Lars Eidinger, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, Polish director and Silver Bear winner Malgorzata Szumowska, U.K. film critic Nick James and French photographer Brigitte Lacombe.
Additionally, the festival has announced three special screenings that will pay tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola. Bowie, who appeared at the Berlinale in documentaries like “Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart” and “Scott Walker – 30 Century Man,” will be honored with a showing of Nicolas Roeg’s “The Main Who Fell to Earth” on Friday, February 12. The legendary Italian filmmaker Scola won the Silver Bear for Best Director in 1984 with “Le bal,” which the festival will screen on Thursday, February 18.
Finally, Alan Rickman will be honored with a special screening of Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” on Tuesday, February 16. The drama is home to one of Rickman’s most affectionate performances, and it screened in the Competition section at the Berlin Film Festival back in 1995.
“His ability to transform himself, his artistry in playing ambivalent characters and his distinctive voice made Alan Rickman a great actor,” said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick in an official statement.
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival runs February 11-20.