Shanghai Film Festival: 'Leviathan' Director to Head Jury

Andrei Zvyagintsev (right) celebrates his Golden Globe win.

His award-winning movie will be screened out of competition.

Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev will be jury president of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s main competition next month.

Zvyagintsev, whose most recent movie Leviathan won the best screenplay award at Cannes last year, a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination, was chosen "on account of the acclaim Leviathan has received," SIFF said on its web site.

The festival is to be held from June 13 to 21, and Leviathan is among the films to be screened out of competition.

British director Malcolm Clarke will serve as jury president for the Documentary Jury Panel and the animation jury will be headed by Ishu Patel.

Despite Leviathan's international success, the movie's reception at home was mixed, with some accusing Zvyagintsev of painting Russia in a negative light in the picture.

Recently, the director complained that he is having trouble finding investors for his new projects due to an economic downturn in Russia.

Meanwhile, Leviathan's producer Alexander Rodnyansky said in a recent interview that he will be presenting a new Zvyagintsev project at Marche du film to potential partners in Europe and the United States. He wouldn't disclose any details of the film, except for it will "explore the psychological relationship between men and women."