Monaco International Film Festival Announces Jury, Lineup

China's "A Dream of Red Mansions" and Japan's "IMPHAL1944" will be in official competition

This year's Monaco International Film Festival will take flight Dec. 4 with Italian actress and film preservation activist Zeudi Araya Cristaldi as jury president, organizers said Tuesday.

Other international jurors will include Italian actress Yvonne Scio, British author Carole Anne Rice, Lebanese actress Lamitta Frangieh, Korean producer Eun Oh and American producer Rebecca Tranter. Children for Peace co-founders Debra Mace and Lamia Khashoggi, a UNESCO honoree, will be the festival’s goodwill ambassadors.

The Monaco International Film Festival and its Angel Film Awards honor films, including features, shorts and documentaries, that increase awareness of social issues and promote cooperation and peace.

China’s A Dream of Red Mansions, directed by Gong Yingtian, will open the official selection with its world premiere. The opera epic is based on the mid-18th century classic by Cao Zuequin that follows a family through its changing fortunes.

The British short I Know You from first-time director Colin Gerrard will also make its European world premiere on opening night.

Japanese war drama IMPHAL1944, directed by Junichi Kajioka in memory of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Imphal, will premiere in the shorts competition.

Documentary feature The Owen Hart Foundation: A Look Back will also make its world premiere during the festival. The Canadian film follows the wife of late WWE wrestler Owen Hart, who died in the ring during a pay-per-view TV special in 1999, as she runs a foundation in his name.

The festival runs Dec. 4-7 in Monte Carlo.