Monday, November 9, 2009

Terri Kwan on New Currents Jury at PIFF, in case you missed it.

Terri Kwan, in addition to her duties promoting her new film "Prince of Tears" at the Pusan International Film Festival in October was also on the jury for the New Currents section, a not in competition section of the festival to introduce, publicize and reward young Asian directors. THR has coverage of it here. The jury was headed by French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix who has been producing for the past decade but who will be remembered by many in the United States as the director of "Diva" the film that helped push reading subtitles into the movie going mainstream.

There are two prizes of $30,000 each, which could be important to young directors trying to raise money for their second or third feature. For example one of the films under consideration was "True Noon" the first film produced in Tajikistan since the break-up of the Soviet Union. It took director Nosir Saidov seven years to put his film together.

Some pictures of Terri Kwan being judicious:

Here she is listening along with Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu to Beineix. Photo from Zimbio.

And here is Beineix listening (or at least not speaking) while Terri Kwan holds forth. While Beineix doesn't show the same intense listening posture that Terri did, as a trained actor she could have been finishing that day's crossword puzzle from the "South China Morning Post" in her head while acting like a listener. Photo from Life.

With Chinese actress turned director Jiang Wenli, whose film about rural China "Lan" was in the New Currents section. Remaining photos from Zimbio

Here she is on the jury panel, looking lovely:

And another--nice eyelashes!

A still from "Prince of Tears" that looks almost hand colored. It is from a review in The New York Times

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