Brett Ratner to Chair Beijing Film Festival Competition Jury

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Joining Ratner on the jury are Hong Kong director Teddy Chan, Germany's Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Japanese filmmaker Yojiro Takita.

Producer-director Brett Ratner will head the competition jury of the 6th Beijing International Film Festival, set to run April 16-23 in the Chinese capital.

The Revenant, which Ratner produced and co-financed via his RatPac Entertainment production company, is currently taking its final victory lap in the mainland Chinese market, where it has grossed nearly $60 million, far exceeding early expectations.

Joining Ratner on the jury, which awards the festival's Tiantan Awards across 10 categories, will be Hong Kong director Teddy Chan (Bodyguards and Assassins), German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Romanian helmer Corneliu Porumboiu (The Treasure), Japanese director Yojiro Takita (Departures), Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) and Chinese actress Xu Qing (Mr. Six).

According to the fest's organizing committee, 15 out of 433 films from 42 countries and regions have been shortlisted this year for the main competition section.

As previously announced, Natalie Portman will be the highest-profile Hollywood attendee at the event this year. The actress will attend the red-carpet opening ceremony on April 17, followed by her participation in a forum on co-producing films in China and a special screening of her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, at the China Film Archive.

The fest will open with the world premiere of Beijing Meets Seattle II: Book of Love, directed by Xue Xiaolu and starring Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo.