Two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (李安) landed in Taipei from New York yesterday to screen films nominated for the 50th Golden Horse Awards.
Lee said he was honored to head the jury for this year’s event.
“As chairman of the jury, my main mission is to maintain order, instead of giving my own opinions,” Lee said at a press briefing at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
The Taiwanese filmmaker said he is to meet with other jurors and members of the Golden Horse Film Festival executive committee today for a briefing on the selection and screening procedures.
The jury will begin screening the nominated films tomorrow.
“Over the next 12 days, we’ll screen about four films a day,” Lee said.
The winners will be announced at a star-studded awards presentation ceremony to be held in Taipei on Nov. 23.
The director also said he would like to see more foreign films made in Taiwan.
His son, Lee Chun (李淳), was a member of French director Luc Besson’s film crew at the shoot of action thriller Lucy in Taipei late last month.
“Like me, my son is a diligent, hardworking man. I look forward to seeing him continue to pursue his career,” Ang Lee said.
Ang Lee’s first feature film, Pushing Hands, won a special jury award, best actor and best supporting actress Golden Horse Awards in 1991.
He clinched the 1993 Golden Horse for best director with his second feature, The Wedding Banquet (喜宴).
Some of the biggest names in Chinese-language cinema are expected to attend this year’s festival, during which Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung (張曼玉) will speak about her extensive experience in the industry.