MacDowell joins Boyle on SIFF jury
International jury set for June 13-21 eventBEIJING -- American actress Andie MacDowell and "Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau will join jury president and "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle in June to award eight Golden Goblet awards in China's only international movie competition.
The rest of the Shanghai International Film Festival jurors, announced Monday, are: Chinese director Huang Jianxin ("Black Cannon Incident"); Swiss director Xavier Koller ("Journey of Hope"); Japanese actress Komaki Kurihara ("The Long Darkness"); and South Korean female producer, Oh Jungwan ("Night and Day").
The 12th edition of the SIFF, set for June 13-21 in China's largest city and financial hub, will screen 1,925 films, of which more than 200 will be international premieres.
Organized for a fourth year by SIFF managing director Tang Lijun, the festival boasts 17 competition films from 16 territories.
They are: from Italy, director Giulio Manfredonia's "We Can Do That" and Dodo Fiori's "Schemes Of Affection"; from France, Emmanuel Finkiel's "Nowhere Promised Land" and André Téchiné's "The Girl On The Train"; and from Germany, Christoph Röhl's "A Piece Of Me."
Christos Georgiou's "Small Crime" comes from Germany, Cyprus and Greece, while from Central Europe, Polish director Maciej Pieprzyca brings "Splinters." Hungarian Krisztina Goda brings "Chameleon," and Czech Julius Sevcik brings "Normal."
From Scandinavia, the films competing are Danish director Nils Malmros' "Aching Hearts"; Norwegian Pål Jackman's "The Storm In My Heart"; and, from Denmark and Sweden, co-directors Antonio Tublén and Alexander Brøndsted's "Original."
The lone film from the Southern Hemisphere and from the Americas is Brazilian director Guel Arraes's "Romance.