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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 was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By. His work Days of Being Wild, which screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1991, was followed in 1994 by Chungking Express, the film with which Wong Kar Wai achieved his international breakthrough. He again demonstrated his remarkable talent in his Berlinale contribution Fallen Angels (Forum,1996). In 1997 he won the Award for Best Director in Cannes for Happy Together. He captivated still another generation of European moviegoers with the nostalgic love story In the Mood for Love (2000), which received a César in 2001, as well as with his next film, 2046, which won a European Film Award for Best Non-European Film in 2004. My Blueberry Nights (2007) was the first film that Wong Kar Wai shot in the USA and cast with Hollywood stars.

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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.