Hoffman, Joffe among 1st Shanghai fest jurors

Dustin Hoffman, French actress Isabelle Huppert and directors Roland Joffe, Nagisa Oshima, Hector Babenco and Tsui Hark are among the nine jury members of the first Shanghai Intl. Film Festival.

The event, skedded for Oct. 7-14, is China’s first international festival and first film-related event for international consumption since the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.

According to the Los Angeles office of China Film Import & Export, a unit of China Film, the country’s centralized film monopoly, jury members are essentially confirmed, except for Hoffman, whose involvement has not been finalized.

Details on the organization of the event are still sketchy. Shanghai authorities say the event will be held every other year beginning this year. The L.A. office of China Film, however, says there are no plans for future festivals in Shanghai after this year. It is also unclear if a market would be attached to the event.

What is certain is that the Shanghai fest will include a competition among feature titles produced after Jan. 1. Shanghai is home to one of the mainland’s most active and commercially ambitious film studios., the site of high-quality titles before the crackdown that followed the Tiananmen Square uprising.

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