President of the Academy of Arts
Jeanine Meerapfel is a film director, screenwriter and producer. She lives in Berlin.
She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 14th June 1943 and attended the city's school of journalism before going on to work as an editor and freelance journalist in Argentina. From 1964 to 1968, she studied at the Film Institute, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm, Germany, where she was taught by Alexander Kluge and Edgar Reitz. Meerapfel filmed her first motion picture "Malou" in 1980. This was followed by award-winning documentary and feature films such as "Melek leaves" (1985) and "La Amiga" (1988). Jeanine Meerapfel worked as a Professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Film Department, from 1990 to 2008. At the beginning of her time in the position, she managed the academy as the Spokeswoman of its Founding Committee. A collection of her films was released on DVD by Neue Visionen Medien in 2008. In 2012, her latest film "My German Friend", an Argentine-German co-production, was released in cinemas.
Jeanine Meerapfel has been a member of the Film and Media Arts Section of the Akademie der Künste since 1998. She was the Deputy Director of this Section from 2012 to 2015.
Prizes and awards (a selection); 1981: International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award in Cannes for "Malou"; 1985: German Film Critics' Award (Preis der deutschen Filmkritik) for "Melek leaves"; 1989: German Film Award and Argentine Oscar nomination for "La Amiga"; 2000: Female Artists' Award of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Künstlerinnenpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen); 2001: special award at the Argentine festival Mar del Plata for "Annas' Summer"; 2012: Prize of Honour for her complete works at the International Film Festival Innsbruck.
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