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Hong Kong Director Chosen Cannes Jury President

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.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.