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Wong Kar-wai fills in for Minghella at Shanghai film fest

Last Updated: Friday, June 6, 2008 | 12:03 PM ET

British film director Anthony Minghella, seen here in 1997 with his directing Oscar for The English Patient, died suddenly on March 18th after surgery.British film director Anthony Minghella, seen here in 1997 with his directing Oscar for The English Patient, died suddenly on March 18th after surgery. (Reed Saxon/Associated Press)

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, whose credits include In The Mood For Love and 2046, will replace the late Anthony Minghella as head of the jury at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Organizers announced Friday that Wong will lead a jury that includes Chinese actress Joan Chen, German producer Ulrich Felsberg, Danish director Bille August, Israeli writer Gila Almagor, Japanese director Kaori Momoi and Chinese director Huo Jianqi.

Wong won best director at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for the gay romance Happy Together and made his first English-language film in 2007, My Blueberry Nights, starring singer Norah Jones and Jude Law.

Wong's latest film, Ashes of Time Redux, will also be screening at the festival, which runs June 14-22.

Organizers were left without a jury head after the British director died suddenly in March of a hemorrhage after surgery.

Minghella — whose acclaimed films included The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain — was only 54 years old.

The director was also a well-respected screenwriter and opera producer. He was at work on a libretto for a future Met commission with Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov. Tentatively titled Daedalus, it was slated to take the stage during the Met's 2011-2012 season.

The Shanghai festival plans to feature a retrospective of Minghella's work.

A total of 260 films will be on view at the 11th annual festival.

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