Meryl Streep and her Berlin jury have picked the winners of the 66th annual film fest’s Gold and Silver Bears. The most politically-charged Berlin Film Festival of recent years comes to a head tonight with the awards ceremony for the winners of the Gold and Silver Bears. Meryl Streep said of the Golden Bear-winning film “Fire at Sea” from Gianfranco Rosi: “This is a film that commands our attention and demands action. It is a documentary on the refugee crisis, looking at the island of Lampadusa In Italy where thousands of refugees have flooded into Europe.” The first batch of pictures from the closing ceremony have been added to the photo gallery. Edit: A video from the closing ceremony, including Meryl’s interview and the presentation of the Best Actress and Best Film awards has been added, alongside screencaptures from the show. Enjoy.
Lots of additional images from the Berlin Film Festival have been added to the photo gallery, including yesterday’s jury reception of the White Bear at the mayor’s office, the Berlinale Talents conversation as well as the photocall, press conference and opening ceremony.
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 66th Berlin Film Festival – White Bear Reception
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 66th Berlin Film Festival – Berlinale Talents
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 66th Berlin Film Festival – Opening Ceremony
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 66th Berlin Film Festival – Press Conference
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2016 – 66th Berlin Film Festival – Photocall
While Meryl Streep is busy judging the films in competition at the Berlin Film Festival (besides an appearance at the Berlinale Talents on Sunday, there’s nothing new to report), the Telegraph is delighting us with the teaser trailer for the upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins”, out in the UK this March. Unfairly but undertandably for a teaser trailer, Florence’s “singing voice” is not revealed, only the shocked faces of Hugh Grant, Nina Arianda and Simon Helberg. This looks like great fun. Check out the trailer above and screencaptures in the photo gallery.
Today, hundreds of new pictures and a bunch of video clips have been added to the archives. In the video archive you’ll find the press conference and opening ceremony for the 66th Berlin Film Festival, various German tv reports with interviews and profiles on Meryl. Also, an interview excerpt of PBS’ recent Mike Nichols documentary has been added as well. Then, there are new pictures for all the recent Berlinale appearances, including screencaptures for the above mentioned. To launch all last added pictures, click any of the previews below.
And so it begins. Early today, Meryl Streep has arrived in Berlin for tomorrow’s launch of the 66th Berlin Film Festival and her duties of leading the international jury. Earlier today she joined jury members Lars Eidinger, Nick James, Brigitte Lacombe, Clive Owen, Alwa Rohrwacher and Malgorzata Szumowska for a photocall. As the festival’s opening night takes place tomorrow, make sure to check back for more pictures and videos.
Great news today! “Florence Foster Jenkins” starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant has been set by Pathé for a saturation release across the UK on 6 May 2016. The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere. Here’s the official synopsis: “The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.”
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
According to Variety, Clive Owen, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska have joined Meryl Streep on the international jury of the Berlin Film Festival. Also on the jury are French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, “Sight & Sound” editor Nick James and German actor Lars Eidinger. As previously announced, Streep is the president of the jury. The festival also announced it would present its Berlinale Camera award to Tim Robbins for his achievements as an actor, director, writer and producer; U.S. producer, movie theater owner and distributor Ben Barenholtz; and German cinema operator Marlies Kirchner. The award is given to film personalities or institutions to which the festival feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks. The festival opens next Thursday.