Marco Mueller Unveils Selection Team for Beijing Film Festival

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The festival in the Chinese capital is trying to improve its international chops.

The Beijing International Film Festival's chief adviserMarco Mueller, has announced his selection team for the event in April, part of efforts to boost the profile of the event, which is now in its fifth year.

Chinese director Chen Zhiheng will work closely with Mueller on the event, which this year is trying to boost its international credentials.

Among the names the former Rome and Venice festival chief has picked as selectors are Alena Shumakova, writer Marie-Pierre Duhamel and Deepti D'Cunha, a curator and selector who focuses on recommending Indian films to international film shows. They all advised Mueller during his time running the Rome festival.

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Also part of the team are Paolo Bertolin, a writer and selector for Venice, Rotterdam and other festivals; Diego Lerer, movie critic, managing producer and journalist, who has consulted on Latin American movies at international festivals; and journalist and critic Joumane Chahine are also part of the team.

Other team members include film producer and publicist Martin Marquet, Japanese film selector Tomita Mikiko and Iranian actor and editor Babak Karimi.