Magazine article Screen International

China's Zhang Yimou to Receive FIAPF Award

Magazine article Screen International

China's Zhang Yimou to Receive FIAPF Award

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Zhang Yimou, whose latest film The Flowers Of War is the Chinese foreign language Oscar submission, is to receive the annual award from the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

The Chinese director will be presented with the award at the fifth Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony on Australia's Gold Coast on November 24.

Zhang Yimou began work as a cinematographer on Chen Kaige's Yellow Earth, before going on to make his directorial debut in 1987 with Red Sorghum, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

In 1990, Zhang's film Ju Dou became China's first Academy Awards nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. His next film, Raise the Red Lantern, was nominated the year after.

The Story of Qiu Ju won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and To Live won the Jury's Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

Zhang Yimou headed the jury at Venice International Film Festival in 2007 and served as jury member at the 1993 Berlin International Film Festival.

His current project, The Flowers of War, stars Christian Bale and Shigeo Kobayash and is China's official entry for the foreign language Oscar. …

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