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: