Berlinale jury chief Meryl Streep cornered over knowledge of Arab film

Berlinale jury chief Meryl Streep cornered over knowledge of Arab film



 

 Berlin International Film Festival president Meryl Streep, (pictured), who has won three Oscars and been nominated for the award a further 16 times in her career _ said yesterday she was proud to head the jury that will choose the winners of the Golden Bear and various Silver Bear awards at the Berlinale.

“I have absolutely no idea how to run a jury. But I've been the boss of other enterprises, my family and various other things. So I'm going to learn by doing,'' she told a press conference.

Asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said while she didn't know much about the region, “I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures.''

“There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we're all from Africa originally,'' she said.

“You know, we're all,'' she added, pausing, “Berliners, we're all Africans, really.''

Eighteen movies are in contention for the Golden Bear prize at the festival, which is in its 66th edition this year and runs until February 21.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick says many movies at this year's event address “the search for happiness'' and “migration in the world in very varying forms.'' 

Streep's publicists did not respond to requests for additional comment.—AP
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