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Jia joins Locarno jury

Chinese filmmaker won Golden Lion in 2006

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, winner of the 2006 Venice Golden Lion for “Still Life,” will be among jury members for the upcoming edition of the Locarno Film Festival.

Young Italo helmer Saverio Costanzo, who won Locarno’s Golden Leopard in 2004 for “Private,” will also be among the jurors for the Swiss fest’s main competish. Costanzo’s latest pic, “In Memory of Myself,” competed at this year’s Berlinale.

The Filmmakers of the Present competish jury will include Marc-Olivier Wahler, Swiss topper of the Palais de Tokyo contemporary arts center in Paris; Spain’s Nuria Vidal, a journo and film programmer; and Argentine helmer Diego Lerman, winner of Locarno’s Silver Leopard in 2002 for road movie “Tan de repente” (Suddenly).

Magyar helmer Kornel Mundruczo, another 2002 Silver Leopard winner (“Pleasant Days”), joins the jury that will award the first feature nod.

Among jurors for Locarno’s Leopards of Tomorrow short film section are thesp-helmers Christopher Buchholz (Germany) and Lyes Salem (France) and Belgian helmer Olivier Masset-Depasse (“Cages”).

Fest’s complete juries will be announced at a later date.

Lakeside fest runs Aug. 1-11.

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