The Sydney Film Festival scores a coup with Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige secured as jury president.
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5 May 2011 - 9:06 AM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:09 PM

Award-winning Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige will lead the 2011 Sydney Film Festival competition jury, where he will preside over the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize.

The director of Palme d'Or-winning Farewell My Concubine and the SBS favourite, Together (above, in which Chen also starred), will also be present for the Australian Premiere of his latest film Sacrifice. The film is a classic melodrama dealing with themes of assassination, baby-swapping and vengeance, and it will screen at the Sydney Film Festival on June 15.

“The ultimate pleasure of going to film festivals can be found in the opportunities they provide to watch new movies that stimulate our thinking and pondering,” said Chen. “Film festivals constantly transform the rules of filmmaking, expose us to new talent and present the ever changing horizon of world cinema.”

One of the key members of China's Fifth-Generation of filmmakers, Chen has previously served on juries at the Berlin and Venice film festivals. He will become the first international jury president in the Sydney Film Prize's four-year history, and follows in the footsteps of Jan Chapman (2010) and directors Rolf de Heer (2009) and Gillian Armstrong (2008).

Three films in Official Competition have already been announcedAttenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari), The Future (Miranda July), Norwegian Wood (Tran Anh Hung).

The remaining nine films will be announced in the full program announcement on May 11.