Berlinale: International Jury

Prizes of the International Jury

With American actress and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep serving as Jury President, the International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2016 Berlinale Competition.

Meryl Streep, Jury President, USA

Meryl Streep has appeared in over 40 films and is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile actresses. She has received countless awards and nominations, including her unprecedented 19 Oscar nominations, which she went on to win three times. She was honoured with a Golden Globe eight times and nominated a further 20 times.

Meryl Streep’s international breakthrough came in the late 1970s with the TV series Holocaust and Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978, her first Oscar nomination) as well as the divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, directed by Robert Benton) for which she received her first Oscar. She won a second Academy Award for her compelling performance in Sophie’s Choice (1982, directed by Alan J. Pakula).

She starred in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Manhattan (1979) and the historical drama The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981, directed by Karel Reisz). She played a deeply committed union activist in Silkwood (1983, by Mike Nichols), as well as Tania Blixen in Sidney Pollack’s epic adaptation of Out of Africa (1985). With Susan Seidelman’s She-Devil (1989), Streep appeared in her first comedy-role; in 1992, she gave yet another brilliant comic performance in Death Becomes Her (directed by Robert Zemeckis). In the 1995 drama The Bridges of Madison County, she played the lead alongside Clint Eastwood, who also directed the film. In 2002, she performed in Stephen Daldry’s screen adaptation of the novel The Hours. Leading roles followed in the satire The Devil Wears Prada (2006, directed by David Frankel), Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion (2006) and the political thriller Lions for Lambs (2007, directed by Robert Redford). Meryl Streep once again proved her versatility in the musical comedy Mamma Mia (2008, directed by Phyllida Lloyd), and Julie & Julia (2009, directed by Nora Ephron).
For her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011, directed by Phyllida Lloyd) she was once again awarded an Oscar. Most recently Meryl Streep excelled in films such as August: Osage County (2014, directed by John Wells), the musical Into the Woods (2014) by Rob Marshall, the Western The Homesman (2014, directed by Tommy Lee Jones), Ricki and the Flash (2015, directed by Jonathan Demme) and the historical drama Suffragette (2015, directed by Sarah Gavron).

Meryl Streep has been a guest at the Berlin International Film Festival on a number of 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 could again be seen in the Berlinale Competition in Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy A Prairie Home Companion. In 2012, the Berlinale dedicated a homage to Meryl Streep and awarded her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement.

It will be the first time in her longstanding career that this world famous star takes on the role of a juror at a film festival.

The International Jury is selected every year by the Festival Director and presents the following awards on the penultimate day of the festival:

  • 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

The Golden Bear

The Bear statues are based on a design by sculptress Renée Sintenis (1888-1965). Since the beginning of the festival, they have been produced by the Noack sculpture foundry in Berlin. The German capital’s trademark mascot also graces the Berlinale logo.