Director Wong Kar Wai will serve as jury president of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Wong, who was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong, made his directorial debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By and has since made films including Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Happy Together, In The Mood for Love and 2046. He is currently working on The Grandmasters starring Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.

“Wong Kar Wai is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time. His distinctive signature and the poetry of his works have fascinated all of us. For him to become jury president, is a wish come true. Since the 1980s, the Berlinale has established itself as a platform for contemporary Chinese cinema, which is another reason why we are greatly honoured that Wong Kar Wai will be presiding the international jury 2013,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.

“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,” added Wong Kar Wai.