HongKong auteur Wong Kar-wai will head up the Competitionjury for the Cannes Film Festival this year (May 17-28), it was announced today(Jan 4).
Thedirector, whose earlyfilm As TearsGo By was screened at Un Certain Regard in 1989 (and marked the first HongKong film ever at the festival), has been a Cannes stalwart ever since, winningBest Director for Happy Together in1997, coming back in 2000 with In TheMood For Love and keeping the 2004 jury on tenterhooks when his 2046 was late to the Palaisdes Festivals, resulting in a cancelled press screening.
Currentlyat work on Lady FromShanghai, set to star Nicole Kidman and shoot in
Wong Kar-wai's lead actor, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, won best actor in
The remainder of the Jury will be announced closer to the festival's startdate.