SHANGHAI, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Renowned French director Jean-Jacques Annaud will chair the jury for a top Chinese film award, the event's organizer announced Saturday.
Annaud has been invited to act as the chairman of the jury for the Golden Goblet Award, the main competition section of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), which is slated to run from June 16-24, according to the organizing committee.
Annaud said China is a mysterious country and he has been fascinated by its traditional music, opera and films, the committee disclosed.
This year's film festival will show classic movies by Annaud in the "Tribute to Masters" section, according to the organizing committee.
Founded in 1993, the SIFF is China's only A-category international film festival and has invited several world-class directors such as Luc Besson, Danny Boyle and Barry Levinson to chair the jury in the past.
Annaud, 69, began his career by directing television advertisements in the late 1960s to early 1970s, and won an Academy Award for his first feature film, "Black and White in Color," which debuted in 1976.