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Jeanine Meerapfel is a film director, screenwriter and producer. She lives in Berlin.
She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 14th June 1943, attended Journalism College in Buenos Aires, and then worked in Argentina as an editor and freelance journalist.
From 1964 to 1968 she studied under Alexander Kluge and Edgar Reitz at the Institute for Film at the Ulm School of Design, having been one of the first women to be enrolled there. In 1980 she made her first feature film, Malou, which won the International Federation of Film Critics award FIPRESCI in Cannes and received top awards at the San Sebástian and Chicago film festivals. This was followed in 1981 by the documentary In The Country of my Parents. Her next documentary Die Kümmeltürkin geht (Melek Leaves) (1985) won the Interfilm Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the German Film Critics Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Between 1986 and 1989 she worked on the documentary Desembarcos (When Memory Speaks), dealing with the time of military dictatorship in Argentina, for which she received the City of Strasbourg Award and the El caimán barbudo award at the Havanna Film Festival in 1990.
In 1988 Jeanine Meerapfel also completed La Amiga with Liv Ullmann in the leading role. Many awards and nominations followed for this film: The German Film Award 1989, award for Best Actress at the San Sebastián Film Festival, the OCIC award in Havana 1988. La Amiga was nominated as the Argentinean submission for the Oscars.
In 1990 Jeanine Meerapfel became professor in Film/Television at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. In 1995 she completed work on the feature film Amigomío, for which she received the Saarland Screenplay award. Her filmmaking was recognised with the North-Rhine Westphalian Female Artists Award in 2000. In 2001 she wrote and directed Annas Sommer (Anna’s Summer), with Angela Molina and Herbert Knaup in the leading roles, which received the Special Mention Award at the Argentinean Mar del Plata film festival. In the documentary Fictional lies on right occasions (2003), Jeanine Meerapfel profiles the two Greek musicians Floros Floridis and Babis Papadopoulos. In 2007 Jeanine Meerapfel made the documentary Mosconi – o a quién le pertenece el mundo (Mosconi – or to whom the world belongs), in which she follows the fight for survival of a north-Argentinian town affected by privatisation. In 2008, Neue Visionen Medien brought out a DVD Edition featuring nearly all of Jeanine Meerapfel’s films. In 2012 at the International Film Festival Innsbruck she received the honorary award for the body of her work. My German Friend (2012) is her newest feature film.
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. In Mai 2015 she was elected President of the Academy of Arts.
Kathrin Röggla is an author and playwright. She lives in Berlin.
She was born in Salzburg, Austria, on 14th June 1971 and studied German Language and Literature and Communication Science in Salzburg and in Berlin from 1989 to 1999. She has been an active figure on the public literary scene since 1988. After moving to Berlin in 1992, she produced her first books and short prose works. She has also been composing and producing radio works such as radio dramas, acoustic installations and network radio since 1998, as well as writing theatre texts since 2002. From 2004 to 2008, Röggla went on numerous trips to destinations such as Georgia, Iran, Central Asia, Japan, the USA and Yemen. Kathrin Röggla has been a member of the Literature Section of the Academy of Arts since 2012.
Book publications (a selection): Niemand lacht rückwärts (Nobody Laughs Backwards) (1995), Abrauschen (1997), Irres Wetter (2000), really ground zero (2001), wir schlafen nicht (2004) (we never sleep, 2009), disaster awareness fair (2006), gespensterarbeit, krisenmanagement und weltmarktfiktion (2009), die alarmbereiten (2010), publikumsberatung together with Leopold von Verschuer (2011), Besser wäre: keine (2013) and Die falsche Frage. Theater, Politik und die Kunst, das Fürchten nicht zu verlernen (2015).
Prizes and awards (a selection); 2001: Alexander von Sacher-Masoch Award, Italo-Svevo Award; 2003: Prize of the "SWR-Bestenliste" book ranking, Bruno-Kreisky Award for Political Books; 2005: Solothurn Literature Award, International Award for Art and Culture of the Cultural Fund of the City of Salzburg; 2008: Anton Wildgans Award; 2010: Nestroy Award, Franz Hessel Award; 2012: Arthur Schnitzler Award, writer-in-residence of the German city of Mainz.
The President represents the Academy both internally and externally. He chairs the general assembly and the sessions of the Senate. He precedes the Management Executive and the Archive Council. The President is represented by the Vice-President. The President and Vice-President are elected by the General Assembly of the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts). The term of office comprises three years in each case. They may be re-elected twice.