Vietnamese-French director joins Tokyo film fest jury

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Director Tran Anh Hung. File photo Director Tran Anh Hung. File photo
Vietnamese-born director Tran Anh Hung will join the jury of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) this year, organizers have announced. 
The jury for the 28th TIFF will be led by Bryan Singer. Norwegian director Bent Hamer, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, Danish director Susanne Bier, and Japanese director and screenwriter Kazuki Omori will also join.
Hung broke through with “The Scent of Green Papaya” (1993), a Camera d’Or prize winner at Cannes 1993 and a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the same year.
He now resides in France. Considered to be the leader of a wave of overseas Vietnamese directors, he has a particular connection to Japan.
He directed “Norwegian Wood,” a 2010 film based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Haruki Murakami. 
The ten-day festival starting from October 22 will open with “The Walk” by director Robert Zemeckis, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and telling the true story of Philippe Petit, a high wire artist who in 1974 walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
The 16 main competition films, selected from more than 1.400 entries from 86 countries, will vie for prizes including the grand prix, best director, best actor, best actress and best artistic contribution.

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