The Berlin International Film Festival kicks off next Thursday, and Meryl Streep will headline this year’s Jury. It’s the first time she has taken over a jury job at a festival, but by far not the first time she has attended the Berlinale. It’ll be interesting to see if there are many public appearances (a masterclass has already been announced) or if Meryl will be hiding in the theaters to watch all films in competition. The good thing however, since I live in Germany, is that we can get all the coverage on what’s happening, so prepare yourself for a busy week. As a look back, the first Streep film to premiere at the Berlinale was “The Deer Hunter” in 1979, causing a stir after it was removed from the festival after withdrawal of several countries from the festival in protest of its inclusion. Both “Out of Africa” and “Marvin’s Room” screened in the 1980s and 1990s as well. Her first appearance came in 1999 with the premiere of “One True Thing” and an honorary Berlinale Kamera (an award for people that the Berlinale feels connected to through their artistry). In 2003, Meryl, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman won the Best Actress award for “The Hours”, although Meryl wasn’t present. She returned three years later with the cast of “A Prairie Home Companion” and again in 2012 for the premiere of “The Iron Lady” and for receiving the Honorary Golden Bear, with which the Berlinale pays tribute to important figures in the world of film. Have a look at the photo gallery below for all appearances and look forward to more additions this next week.
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2012 – Berlin Film Festival – Honorary Golden Bear
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2012 – Berlin Film Festival – “The Iron Lady” Premiere
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2012 – Berlin Film Festival – “The Iron Lady” Press Conference
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2012 – Berlin Film Festival – “The Iron Lady” Photocall
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2006 – Berlin Film Festival – “A Prairie Home Companion” Premiere
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2006 – Berlin Film Festival – “A Prairie Home Companion” Press
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2006 – Berlin Film Festival – “A Prairie Home Companion” Photocall
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1999 – Berlin Film Festival – Berlinale Kamera
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1999 – Berlin Film Festival – “One True Thing” Press Conference
Meryl Streep will share her experience from decades at the top of the acting profession with the 300 emerging film professionals taking part in this year’s Berlinale Talents program. Streep confirmed she will hold a workshop for the Berlinale Talents on Sunday, Feb.14 during the Berlin International Film Festival. Streep is the president of the jury for the 66th Berlin festival. The 300 talents – emerging film professionals from around the world – were selected from a group of more than 2,700 applicants. They will take part in a series of workshops and masterclasses during the event, which runs Feb.13 – Feb. 18 concurrent with the Berlin fest.
It’s been some busy two days for Meryl Streep. On Thursday, she attended both the 25th anniversary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation at its Magical Evening Gala. And on Friday she was accompanied by daughter Mamie to the Citymeals-On-Wheels Power Lunch for Women. Pictures from both events have been added to the photo gallery.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep was among the celebrities to attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 7th Annual Governors Awards. Streep and Jane introduced the segment saluting Debbie Reynolds, with 25-plus charities benefitting from her philanthropy. The presented made particular note of the Thalians, which Reynolds has been spearheading in its work on mental health issues since the 1950s. They also pointed out her decades-long work at preserving Hollywood heritage, including her rescue of 3,500 movie costumes. Reynolds was unable to accept her Hersholt Humanitarian Award in person, so her granddaughter Billie Lourd made a brief and charming acceptance speech in her place. And an audio was played of Reynolds, sounding deeply moved in thanking the Academy board of governors for the honor. Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery, alongside pictures from the “Song of Lahore” screening earlier this month, which I have added, but forgot to mention :-)
Yesterday, Meryl attended the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Honoring of Christine Baranski. The evening featured appearances by Baranski’s friends and colleagues including her Good Wife costar Alan Cumming, Streep and Cherry Jones (who originated the role of Sister Aloysius in the Broadway production of “Doubt”) and many more. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery.
As earlier reported, Meryl Streep has attended the Fashion Group International’s 2015 Night Of Stars event at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan to present Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz with the night’s Superstar Award. Lanvin has designed Meryl’s dress at the 2012 Academy Awards, when she won Best Actress for “The Iron Lady”. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery. Edit: Lots of additional pictures have been posted.
Last night Streep took to the stage at Koerner Hall with the Takács Quartet to perform a series of readings from author Philip Roth’s death-obsessed 2006 novel, Everyman. It might not have been a singing voice, but it was a voice worth listening to. “It’s best to give while your hand is still warm,” Streep. Excerpts were paired with four works from composers Pärt, Britten, Shostakovich and Schubert, performed by the Takács Quartet at Streep’s side. It was a solemn, meditative evening devoted to the examination of life through death. It explored the bittersweet process of growing old and weighing the marks of life’s purpose against death’s ultimate finality. As a writer, Roth writes exceptionally well for women. The words transcended to become stories about all of us; Everyman.
On Wednesday evening, Meryl Streep joined Gloria Steinem for a Manhattan screening of Leslee Udwin’s film, “India’s Daughter. The controversial documentary – banned in India – is about the protests following the brutal gang rape of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh on a moving Delhi bus in 2012. India’s Daughter will screen at the Village East Cinema from October 23-29 before its November 16 broadcast on PBS.
As previously reported, “Suffragette” has opened yesterday’s BFI London Film Festival. There has been a lot of bad press towards the film (not to confuse with actual critics who have seen and enjoyed the film) and online hysteria regarding the Time Out London photoshoot, and I’m going to write more about it this weekend (or probably just ignore it), but for now, let’s celebrate the film’s premiere with pictures from the photocall, press conference and premiere. There’s more to come, so check back soon.
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Premiere
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Press Conference
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Photocall