Berlin Film Festival Names Wong Kar Wai Jury President

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The Hong Kong-based director's work includes "In the Mood For Love," "My Blueberry Nights" and "Happy Together."

Chinese director Wong Kar Wai will be the jury president for the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

The Hong Kong-based director, known for his stylish art house films and trademark sunglasses, will head the jury that will pick the Gold and Silver Bear winners at the 2013 Berlinale.

A truly global director, Wong unites the traditions of both Asian and European cinema in his films. Since his international breakthrough with Chungking Express (1994), Wong has been a darling of European art house audiences. In the Mood for Love (2000) won France's Cesar for best foreign film. His sci-fi romance 2046 took the best non-European film honor at the European Film Awards in 2004.

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And he is no stranger to Berlin, having screened several of his early films at the German festival. Days of Being Wild played at the Berlinale Forum in 1991, as did Fallen Angels in 1996. But the director is most closely associated with Cannes, where he won the best director prize in 1997 for Happy Together.

Wong most recently appeared in Competition at Cannes in 2007 with his English-language debut My Blueberry Nights, starring Norah Jones and Jude Law.

“Wong Kar Wai is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time," said Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick. "His distinctive signature and the poetry of his works have fascinated all of us. For him to become jury president is a wish come true."

Kosslick added that Berlin prides itself as a platform for contemporary Chinese cinema.

“I am truly honored by Dieter’s invite," said Wong. "I am also very happy to return to Berlin and see the latest work of filmmakers from all over the world. It would be a fulfilling experience for any cineaste."

Wong s currently working on The Grandmasters, a biopic about the martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee. The film stars Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang and Chen Chang.

The 63rd Berlinale runs Feb. 7-17.