Beijing Film Fest: Palme d'Or Winner Ruben Ostlund Joins Competition Jury

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Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai will chair this year's jury, which also includes 'Fast and Furious' director Rob Cohen and Berlin Golden Bear-winning filmmaker Calin Peter Netzer.

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund, winner of the 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or for The Square, has joined the competition jury of the Beijing International Film Festival, which is set to run April 15-22 in the Chinese capital.

The government-backed event on Friday unveiled its full jury lineup at a press event in Beijing. Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai was previously named chair of this year's jury. Wong and Ostlund will be joined by Rob Cohen, director of The Fast and the Furious; Chinese actor Yihong Duan, winner of the Tokyo International Film Festival's best actor prize last year for The Looming Storm; Oscar-winning Polish composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Finding Neverland); and Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer, winner of the Berlin Silver Bear in 2013 for Child’s Pose.

The Beijing fest's full competition lineup and list of VIP attendees are expected in the coming days. Typically, an official selection of 15 international films compete for the Tiantan Award, the event's top prize. This year's jury chief, Wong, won the award with his last release, 2014 martial arts drama The Grandmaster, which earned $45 million in China.

A popular draw for Hollywood power players looking to cultivate business in the burgeoning Chinese industry, past editions of the Beijing International Film Festival have drawn attendance from James Cameron, Kathleen Kennedy, Jim Gianopulos, Luc Besson, Natalie Portman, Darren Aronofsky and others.