2013 sure brings many premiers. One of them is the invitation that was received by Chinese director Wong Kar Wai at the following year`s Berlin International Film Festival.
No, he is not coming as a nominee this time, but as the Jury President of 2013’ sBerlin International Film Festival. Wong Kar Wai has won many international awards and is considered to be one of the most important representatives of world cinema.
He has a unique style which was found very inspiring for modern filmmakers and made him a cult figure cinema.
The Shanghai born director made his debut in the film industry back in 1988 with “As Tears Go By”. However success followed years after. “Days of Being Wild” was the first project screened at a film festival in the 1991 Berlinale Forum. Three years later he directed the film which brought him international recognition, “Chungking Express”.
His chain of successes continued with the 1996 “Fallen Angels”, which has proven to be another remarkable talent demonstration from his behalf. One year later he won the Award for Best Director at Cannes Festival with the production “Happy Together”.
“In the Mood for Love”, his 2000 film received a Cesar Award in 2001, and his following film “2046” won a European Film Award for Best Non-European Film in 2004.
Wong Kar Wai shot, for the first time in the USA, “My Blueberry Nights” in 2007. At this film he cast Hollywood stars, also for the first time. He currently working on “The Grandmasters”, a film that starrs Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.
“For Wong Kar Wai to become Jury President, is a wish come true” says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. As a response, the director stated that he is “very happy to return to Berlin” and that this will “be a fulfilling experience”.