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Master Auteur Wong Kar Wai to Head Berlin 2013 Jury

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 28, 2012 at 1:05PM

As we head into fall festivals full tilt, some exciting news from one of the world's top winter fests: Director Wong Kar Wai will head the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 (running February 7-17).
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Wong Kar Wai

As we head into fall festivals full tilt, some exciting news from one of the world's top winter fests: Director Wong Kar Wai will head the jury of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival 2013 (February 7-17). This isn't Wong's first time presiding over a prestigious festival jury -- he headed the Cannes jury in 2006, when Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" took home the Palme d'Or.

Any festival mention of Wong begs the question: When will the fest circuit see his long-gestating Yip Man biopic, "The Grandmasters"? Can it play in competition in Berlin if he's the jury chief, or will it wait for yet another Cannes? The film is slated for a release in China in December.

Wong, director of Sight & Sound's second-youngest film, "In The Mood for Love," as well as the beloved "Chungking Express" and "2046," stated:  “I am truly honoured by Dieter’s invite. I am also very happy to return to Berlin and see the latest work of filmmakers from all over the world. It would be a fulfilling experience for any cineaste."

Last year's Jury President was Mike Leigh ("Another Year," "Secrets & Lies"). More on Wong Kar Wai's career below:


This article is related to: Berlin International Film Festival, The Grandmaster


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.