Chinese film to open Berlinale
BERLIN - Agence France-PresseChinese director Wong Kar Wai will screen his new martial arts drama at the opening of the 63rd Berlin film festival in February where he will also serve as jury president, organizers said Dec. 19.
The award-winning film-maker will present “The Grandmaster,” billed as an epic drama inspired by the life of Yip Man, the mentor of kung fu hero Bruce Lee. Hong Kong heart-throb Tony Leung, who also starred in Wong’s 2000 slow-burn drama “In the Mood for Love” and its science fiction-tinged follow up “2046,” leads the cast of the new movie, which is set in 1930s China.
“The Grandmaster,” which will have its world premiere in China next month, will screen in the festival’s official selection but out of competition.