The Cannes Film Festival has named Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai as the head of this year's international jury.
His selection marks the first time a Chinese film maker has headed the nearly 60-year-old awards festival.
Mr. Wong's 1997 film Happy Together earned him a best director award from the festival. His other films include In The Mood For Love (2000) and the stylized sci-fi movie 2047 (2004).
On Wednesday, festival organizers issued a statement from Mr. Wong in which he said he is honored to serve as jury president.
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