Meryl Streep has been named the president of the jury at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival next year, marking the first time she has served as film festival juror.
“It is a thrill to return to the festival under any circumstances, but it is with great relish and anticipation I look forward to jury duty,” Streep said in a statement. “The responsibility is somewhat daunting, as I have never been president of anything before, and I hope I can come up to the precedent set by the distinguished juries of preceding years. Grateful for the honor.”
Streep has attended the festival multiple times, beginning in 1999, when she was awarded the Berlinale Camera. In 2003, she earned the Silver Bear award with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman for their performances in The Hours, and in 2006, she appeared in the competition film A Prairie Home Companion. In 2012, the film festival gave her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement in film.
The 2016 Berlin Film Festival will run Feb. 11-21.