Locarno fest honors Jia Zhang-ke

Chinese director to be awarded Leopard of Honor prize

ROME -- The Locarno Film Festival this year will present Chinese film director Jia Zhang-ke with a Leopard of Honor prize, joining home-grown filmmaker Alain Tanner as the honorees at the 63rd edition of the lakeside festival.

Organizers said that Jia, 40 -- best known for his two Palm d'Or wins in Cannes for "Ren xiao yao" (Unknown Pleasures) in 2002, and "Eris hi si cheng ji" (24 City) six years later -- would be honored Aug. 5 The festival runs Aug. 4-14 this year.

In addition to the Leopard of Honor award, Jia will be on hand to present his 2000 masterpiece "Zhantai" (Platform). The festival will also screen the Swiss premiere of "Hai shang chuan qi" (I Wish I knew), which screened this year in the Un certain regard sidebar in Cannes.