Minghella tapped for Shanghai jury duty

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Oscar-winning British helmer Anthony Minghella will serve as president of the international jury for the 11th annual Shanghai International Film Festival, it was announced in Berlin over the weekend.

Festival managing director Tang Lijun said that highlights of the June 14-22 festival will include an eye-catching opening ceremony, the official competition for the Jin Jue award, an Asian New Talent award competition, the SIFF Mart, CFPC, Film Panorama and Jin Jue Forum.

She added that the festival is looking to strengthen the market function of the event through a co-production program and by presenting more young directors from China and Asia to the world through CFPC and the new talent section.

"I am extremely proud to be invited to chair the jury for this year's Shanghai International Film Festival," Minghella said in a statement. "China has always held special meaning for me, not least because my wife is from a Chinese family in Hong Kong, and she has taught me to respect and appreciate many aspects of Chinese culture."

Minghella's "The English Patient" won nine Academy Awards, including best picture.
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