Ana Torrent and Jane Zhang on MWFF international jury

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Montreal, June 11, 2014 – Spanish actress Ana Torrent and Chinese singer-actress Jane Zhang will serve on this year’s international jury of the Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced. “We will be honoured to have the great Spanish thespian Ana Torrent and the icon of contemporary Chinese song and screen Jane Zhang among us,” declared MWFF president Serge Losique. “Their presence is a validation of the Festival’s and Montreal’s openness to international cinema and culture.”


Ana Torrent began her career as a child in what some consider to be the greatest of Spanish films, Victor Erice’s Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and she quickly confirmed her precocious talent in Carlos Saura’s masterful Cria Cuervos (1976) and Elisa vida mia (1976) . She has since worked with many other Spanish directors, including Jaime Armiñan, Julio Medem, Helena Tabema and Alejandro Amenábar, whose Tesis garnered Torrent a Goya nomination and best actress notices at several festivals. Her role in Jaime de Armiñan’s El Nido (1980) earned her best actress at the MWFF. Torrent’s talent has attracted the interest of many foreign directors, including Klaus Kirschner (Misa en Si Minor), Gilo Pontecorvo (El Tunel), Peter Greenaway (The Tulse Lupper Suitcases I, II and III), Roland Joffé (There Be Dragons) and Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl). She has also acted extensively on the small screen, for Spanish networks as well as the BBC and Italy’s RAI, and on stage, where this September she will play in the Spanish National Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III.


Singer and actress Jane Zhang, who performs in Cantonese and Mandarin as well as English and Spanish, burst onto the scene in 2005 after her appearance on Super Voice Girl, the mega-popular Chinese singing competition, and her vocal talent quickly propelled her to Chinese superstardom, with frequent comparisons to Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Her album, Reform, went double platinum within a month, a sales record to this day. Her talents were soon harnessed for the screen, where she contributed the theme song for Gordon Chan’s Painted Skin, and Only for Love for Feng Xiao Gang’s The Banquet. She made her acting debut in 2006 in McDull the Alumni and has since participated in several other productions for large and small screens, including Panda Express and Mulan. Zhang made her American television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Show and she was the first Chinese singer on the red carpet of the Grammys. She performed in a World Peace One concert with U2, Madonna, Pink Floyd and Green Day and appeared at the first New York China Film Festival in 2010 


The 2014 Montreal World Film Festival will be held August 21 to September 1.


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