Wong replaces Minghella as Shanghai jury foreman


Wong Kar Wai will chair the jury of this month's 11th annual Shanghai International Film Festival, and a pair of Chinese films will be among the 16 competing for the top award, organizers said Thursday.

Wong steps in to replace Anthony Minghella, who died in March. The British helmer will be honored at the June 14-22 festival with a retrospective of his work. Also showing will be Wong's latest movie, "Ashes of Time Redux."

The two Chinese titles competing for the Jin Jue Award are "Nick of Time" by director Gao Qunshu of Hebei province and "Urtin Duu" by Hasichaolu, who, as an ethnic Mongol, goes by one name.

The finalists for the Jin Jue, or Golden Cup, also include 10 European films, five from elsewhere in Asia-Pacific and one from Argentina.

The festival will screen 260 movies in 23 theaters around Shanghai, including Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood."

Opening and closing films have not been announced.

Joining Wong on the jury are German producer Ulrich Felsberg, Japanese director-actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli actress Gila Almagor, Chinese director Huo Jianqi, Chinese actress Joan Chen and Danish director Bille August.

The festival is one of the few times that citizens of China's biggest city and commercial hub can view scores of imported films on the big screen. Chinese law limits to 20 the number of imports allowed each year. (partialdiff)