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Wong Kar-wai heads Berlin Film Festival jury

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 August, 2012, 3:51am

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai will head the jury at next year's Berlin International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious events in global cinema.

The Berlinale's organisers praised Wong as one of the world's most celebrated filmmakers who has charmed international audiences with his "distinctive signature and the poetry of his works".

"Since the 1980s, the Berlinale has established itself as a platform for contemporary Chinese cinema, which is another reason why we are honoured Wong Kar-wai will be presiding [over] the International Jury 2013," said director of the Berlinale Dieter Kosslick.

Wong said in a statement that he was greatly privileged to return to Berlin for his appointment as jury president.

It is not the first time Wong has chaired such a jury. In 2006, he was named jury president at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Other Hong Kong filmmakers who have sat on the Berlinale jury include Hong Kong-born Chinese-American director Wayne Wang, veteran producer Nansun Shi and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.

Shanghai-born but Hong Kong-raised, Wong began his career at TVB before making his directorial debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By, starring Andy Lau Tak-wah and Maggie Cheung Man-yuk. International acclaim followed with a string of hit features, including Days of Being Wild (1990), Chungking Express (1994) and Fallen Angels (1995), which were screened at the Berlinale's Forum, reserved for daring and experimental films. But it was Happy Together that sealed Wong's screen-master status, winning him best director at Cannes in 1997.

Afterwards, came a sultry tale of forbidden romance, In the Mood for Love (2000), which won local actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai the best actor award at Cannes.

Wong's next film The Grandmasters has already been a decade in the making. The biopic of Bruce Lee's mentor and martial arts legend Yip Man stars Leung in the lead role alongside actress Zhang Ziyi and is reported to open later this year.

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