Prof Jeanine Meerapfel
President of the Academy of Arts
Jeanine Meerapfel is a film director, screenwriter and producer. She lives in Berlin. Born in Buenos Aires, she attended the city's school of journalism before working 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 numerous award-winning documentaries and feature films such as Im Land meiner Eltern (1981) and Amigomío (1995). From 1990 to 2008, Meerapfel worked as a professor in the Film and Television Department at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany, where she initially 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. Her latest film My German Friend, an Argentine-German co-production, was released in cinemas in 2012. Together with Floros Floridis she produced the audiovisual essay Confusion/Diffusion in 2015. Exhibitions of her films were held at the Bundesplatz Cinema in Berlin in 2018 and the Cinemateca de Cuba in Havana in 2019. She collaborated with Floros Floridis once again in 2019 to produce the audiovisual essay Moving Sand/Topos, which premiered on 29 May and was screened again at the Academy of Arts in Berlin on 9 November 2019 after a number of additional international showings.
Jeanine Meerapfel has been a member of the Film and Media Department of the Academy of Arts in Berlin since 1998 and served as its deputy director from 2012 to 2015. She was elected President of the Academy of Arts in 2015 and reelected in May 2018.
Prizes and awards (a selection): 1981: Internationale 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 Anna's Summer; 2012: Prize of Honour for her complete works at the International Film Festival Innsbruck.
Photo: Marcus Lieberenz / bildbuehne.de