Taiwan-born Oscar-winning film director Ang Lee (李安) arrived in southern France on Monday to serve as a member of the Cannes Film Festival’s nine-member jury.
Lee said upon arriving in Cannes that serving as a juror was not one of his strengths, but he agreed to do it at the invitation of triple Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, who will be president of this year’s jury.
Lee flew in from Taiwan, where he spent a week at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture to share his experiences as a director and observations on Taiwan’s film industry.
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who won the Oscar for best supporting actor this year, Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who won an Oscar in 2003 for The Hours, and Indian actress Vidya Balan are also among the jurors.
The only Chinese-language entry in the competition this year is a film titled A Touch of Sin (天注定) by Chinese director Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯).
However, Taipei Factory, a compilation of four short films of 15 minutes each co-directed by young Taiwanese, will be shown as part of the festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, which gives exposure to new directors.
Four young directors from Taiwan teamed up with their counterparts in France, Chile, Iran and South Korea on the short films and will have a chance to present their project to film industry professionals at the festival.