Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has been appointed to head the jury at this year's Shanghai Film Festival, instantly raising the profile of the 12-year-old festival. The announcement of Boyle's selection coincided with the debut of Slumdog Millionaire , winner of this year's best-picture Oscar, in Mainland China. In an interview with the official Xinhua News Agency, Boyle suggested that watching festival selections made abroad would allow him to approach them as a festival judge with an open mind. He also indicated that he would like to film a feature in China. "When you have a city that is full of people and stories like Mumbai, Beijing or Shanghai, it's just so much excitement and potential for a filmmaker," he said. The Shanghai film festival is scheduled to run from June 13 to 21.

26/03/2009