Serbian Director Emir Kusturica Named Shanghai Film Fest Jury Chief

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The 19th Shanghai film fest will take place June 11-19.

Serbian director Emir Kusturica has been named head of the Shanghai International Film Festival's competition jury.

The event's vice secretary general Fu Wenxia made the announcement on Saturday night at a reception during the Berlin International Film Festival.

The 19th Shanghai Film Fest is set to run June 11-19.

The appointment of Kusturica, a two-time Palme d'Or winner, follows that of Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, who led the jury last year that awarded the fest's Golden Goblet for best film to Franco-Belgian pic The Night Watchman.

Other previous jury heads include Luc Besson, Tom Hooper, Barry Levinson and Danny Boyle.

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