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Broken ribs force director to quit film festival jury

ACCLAIMED Hungarian director BelaTarr has withdrawn from the jury of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival on medical advice, officials announced today.

Tarr, whose trilogy "Damnation," "Satantango" and "Werckmeister Harmonies" made him a significant figure in world cinema, broke three ribs in a fall last month.

His place on the jury will be taken by fellow Hungarian director GyorgyPalfi, who has collaborated with Tarr.

In a letter to the festival's deputy executive secretary, Tang Lijun, Tarr expressed his disappointment at being forced to pull out.

"I am extremely sorry about being unable to attend the film festival. My fall has led to a huge change in all my plans, wrote Tarr.

"I was looking forward to my trip to Shanghai, to understanding the city and its people, and for the opportunity to watch some new movies. But all these plans have gone up in smoke."

"I sincerely express my wish for the film festival to be a phenomenal success," he added.

Tarr told organizers that while doctors had originally given him the green light to travel, his latest check up revealed that his condition was more severe.

One broken rib is near a lung, while another is close to a kidney. Pressure changes when flying could affect his internal organs, so doctors ruled that it was unsafe to fly.

Palfi, Tarr's replacement on the jury of the Golden Goblet Award, has won awards at festivals including the Sundance Film festival in the United States and events in Cottbus, Tallin, Santa Fe, Kiev, Hong Kong, Paris and Budapest.

His 2002 feature debut "Hukkle," won the Fassbinder Award among many prizes, while his 2006 film "Taxidermia" was selected into Un Certain Regard in the 59th Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, his feature "Final Cut (Ladies and Gentlemen)," produced by Tarr, was selected in the 65th Cannes Film Festival Official Selection.

The 15th Shanghai International Film Festival runs from Saturday until June 25.

The jury chairman is influential French director Jean Jacques Annaud, and other jury members include: Iranian director, screenwriter and producer RakhshanBanietemad; Chinese American producer Terence Chang; American Actress Heather Graham, Chinese Actress Lee Bingbing; Chinese Director Zhang Yang; and Hungarian director GyorgyPalfi.

Seventeen works have been nominated for the Golden Goblet Award.


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