Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is to serve as president of the International Competition jury for the 5th On The Edge (Kray Sveta) International Film Festival (Aug 21-28) on the Russian island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific Ocean.
The jury will comprise: Filipino director Lav Diaz, who won Locarno’s Golden Leopard last year for From What Is Before; leading Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky, who made a recent foray into Hollywood with Vampire Academy; and actress Anna Chipovskaya whose recent credits include Shpion and Yolki 3.
Makhmalbaf’s last feature, The President, will be shown during the festival as a Russian premiere, and there will also be screenings of his documentary Daddy’s School. Diaz’s five-hour epic, From What Is Before, is also set to screen at the festival.
The Competition section is set to include such titles as Kim Ki-Duk’s latest feature Stop; Armenian filmmaker Aram Shakhbadzian