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Rome film fest to honour Streep

Meryl Streep
Streep's recent films include Doubt and the hit musical Mamma Mia and

Hollywood actress Meryl Streep will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's International Rome Film Festival, organisers have announced.

The 59-year-old will accept the Golden Marc'Aurelio Acting Award at the event, which runs from 15 to 23 October.

Czech-born director Milos Forman will chair this year's jury, which will include Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino and the architect Gae Aulenti.

Last year's event saw Al Pacino receive the festival's top prize.

Inaugurated in 2006, the event is a relatively new addition to the congested festival calendar.


Seen earlier this year in religious drama Doubt, Streep is the most nominated actress in Oscar history.

Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born in the former Czechoslovakia in 1932

She has two Academy Awards to her name, winning for Kramer vs Kramer in 1980 and Sophie's Choice three years later.

Forman has never directed Streep, though he did have a supporting role in her 1986 comedy Heartburn.

The 77-year-old director has also won two Oscars, winning the first for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1976 and and the second for Amadeus in 1985.

Instead of having a jury of critics as in previous years, the 2009 International Rome Film Festival will be judged by a jury of personalities from cinema and the arts.

A smaller event, the Rome International Film Festival, takes place in the US state of Georgia in September.

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