Christopher Hampton, Tran Anh Hung Join Barry Levinson on Shanghai Film Festival Jury


BEIJING – British screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement) and Vietnam-born French director Tran Anh Hung (Norwegian Wood) are among the filmmakers joining Jury President Barry Levinson (Rain Man) to pick the winners at the upcoming 14th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Also on the main jury at the June 11-19 festival, which will award Golden Cups in eight categories to some of the 16 competing films, are Japanese director Yoichi Sai (Kamui), Spanish actress Paz Vega (Castro’s Daughter), Chinese director Wang Quan'an (Tuya’s Marriage) and Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu (Night and Fog), the SIFF web site announced over the weekend.

Set to judge the Asian New Talent Award are Film Business Asia Senior Film Critic Derek Elley, Taiwan actress Guey Lun Mei (The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate), Hong Kong filmmaker Alex Law (Echoes of the Rainbow) and Chinese actor Xia Yu (Wind Blast). As previously announced, Japanese filmmaker Shunji Iwai (Vampire) will chair this section. Hong Kong director Tsui Hark (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) will chair SIFF's newly launched section Mobile SIFF helped out by Chinese actress Zhao Tao (Cry Me a River) and Thai director Nonzee Nimibutr (Queens of Langkasuka).

SIFF also announced that the festival would present a film retrospective of works by Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Danish director Bille August and Chinese director Zheng Junli.

Other exhibition films include award-winning productions from Japan, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, China and Hollywood.

Festival guests will be able to see some of the latest big-budget films such as Pina, a 3D documentary by Wim Wenders on the late German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch; Danny Boyle's biographical adventure film 127 Hours; the Coen Brothers' True Grit; and the Danish drama In a Better World, which won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

In addition to screening 2010 Chinese box office hits films such as Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 and Aftershock, the festival also will show low-budget productions by young talented directors, including Kangding Love Song and 33 Postcards.

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