- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2012

BERLIN (AP) - Germany’s Berlin film festival will hand out its top Golden Bear award for the best film.

An international jury led by British director Mike Leigh will announce its pick for this year’s winner among 18 contenders Saturday.

The eight-member jury also includes actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of last year’s Golden Bear-winning film, “A Separation.”

Farhadi’s film won best foreign language film honors at the Golden Globes last month and is competing for the same award at this year’s Oscars.

The Berlinale is the first of the year’s major European film festivals.

Outside the main competition, highlights included Meryl Streep being honored for her lifetime achievement and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, the Bosnian war movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

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