Wong Kar Wai to Lead Next Year's Berlinale Jury

One of international cinema's most respected auteurs has been taped to preside over the jury of next year's Berlin International Film Festival, which will run from February 7 to 17. Won Kar Wai is no stranger to festivals: his works have consistently been screened at major events and have earned him a bevy of awards. Nor does he lack experience on international juries: in 2006 he was the head of the Cannes jury which awarded the Palme d'Or to Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Wong has been a bright light in world cinema ever since his debut As Tears Go By (1988). His films, such as Chungking Express (1994), Happy Together (1997) and In the Mood For Love (2000) have been an inspiration to other filmmakers. Wong's latest film, Grandmasters, has been in the works for years and has been slated for a December release in China. Personally I was worried that this might once again be pushed back but with Wong now taking on other major responsibilities, I'm a lot more confident that his latest will see the light of day in 2012.
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