Shanghai fest adds Carax, Zhao

China's biggest festival opens June 12

BEIJING -- French writer and director Leos Carax and Chinese actress Zhao Wei have joined the main competition jury for the upcoming 13th Shanghai International Film Festival, organizers said over the weekend.

Getting to work on June 12, the jury, led by Hong Kong and Hollywood hitmaker John Woo, will have the task of judging the best of 16 films from a dozen countries competing for Jin Jue ("Golden Goblet") awards in nine categories.

Carax is best known for films such as "Boy Meets Girl" (1984), "Lovers on the Bridge" (1991) and the controversial Pola X (1999), an adaptation of Herman Melville's tale of incest "Pierre: or, The Ambiguities."

Zhao rose to big-screen fame in Stephen Chow's 2001 comedy "Shaolin Soccer" and starred most recently in Woo's historical war epic "Red Cliff" (2009).

Other SIFF jurors, previously announced, are Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai ("Chongqing Blues"), Israeli director Amos Gitai ("Berlin Jerusalem"), American writer, producer and director Bill Guttentag ("Nanjing") and Japanese director Yojiro Takita ("Departures").

A full list of the 2010 SIFF competition line up can be seen here.

Awards will be given out at a ceremony on June 20 at the Shanghai Grand Theater. The categories are Best Feature, Jury Grand Prix, Jury Award, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Music.