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Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Will Open the Berlinale After Debuting in China on January 8

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 19, 2012 at 12:46PM

The Berlin International Film Festival will open with the international premiere of Wong Kar Wai's long-delayed "The Grandmaster" on February 7. The world premiere of The Grandmaster will be celebrated on January 8, 2013 in China, and the film will open at cinemas in numerous countries including Germany in spring 2013.
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"The Grandmaster"
"The Grandmaster"

The Berlin International Film Festival will open with the international premiere of Wong Kar Wai's long-delayed  "The Grandmaster" on February  7. The world premiere of "The Grandmaster" will be celebrated on January 8, 2013 in China, and the film will open at cinemas in numerous countries including Germany in spring 2013. The film’s distributor in Germany will be Wild Bunch.

The martial arts epic, playing out of Berlin competition, is set in 1930s China and was inspired by the life of IP Man, who served as mentor to Bruce Lee. The film stars Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen Benshan Zhao, Shengyang Xiao and Hye Kyo Song. Wong is also serving as president of the 2013 jury.

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick states:

"With The Grandmaster, Kar Wai has added a new and exciting facet to his body of works, and created an artful, visually powerful genre film.”

Wong adds:

"This is a dream project for me that I had been developing for many years. I am very happy to be able to present it in Berlin. I was already greatly looking forward to my returning to Berlin to serve as the President of the International Jury, so seeing The Grandmaster presented there will make it all the more special for me.”

Check out the trailer and character posters here.

This article is related to: Berlin International Film Festival, Festivals, Festivals, Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster, News


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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.