Magazine article Screen International

Bille August to Head Beijing Festival Jury

Magazine article Screen International

Bille August to Head Beijing Festival Jury

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Danish filmmaker Bille August will head the jury for the Tiantan competition at this year's Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF, April 16-23).

August is currently in post-production on China-set drama The Chinese Widow, starring Emile Hirsch and Yu Nan in the story of an American pilot saved by Chinese villagers during the Second World War.

He has also opened a studio in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and serves as a "culture consultant" for the city. BJIFF will screen a retrospective of his films.

The Tiantan competition section will screen 15 films in total, which have yet to be announced. The festival will also screen retrospectives of the work of David Lynch, late Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni and Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang.

Other films to screen at the festival include multiple Oscar winner Moonlight; Berlin Golden Bear winner On Body And Soul; Berlin Silver Bear winner The Other Side Of Hope; Paul Verhoeven's Elle, Mike Mills' 20th Century Women and Jim Jarmusch's Paterson. …

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