'Rain Man' director to head Shanghai film festival jury

BARRY Levinson, Oscar-winning director of "Rain Man," will be named the jury president of the upcoming 14th Shanghai International Film Festival, the organizer said. The heartwarming comedy-drama film "Rain Man" won four Academy Awards in 1989, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also garnered the Golden Bear award at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. During his filmmaking career, the 69-year-old American also directed "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Toys," both with Robin Williams, and the acclaimed "Bugsy" with Warren Beatty. "Levinson is such a talented and influential filmmaker," said Tang Lijun, an official with the film fest's organizing committee. "Many of his productions have impressed Chinese audience. It's our honor to have him as the president of the jury." Tang said a retrospective show of Levinson's works will be held during the festival from June 11 to 19. The six other jury members have not been decided yet.


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