Together with Jaeger‑LeCoultre, the Venice Biennale is proud to announce that Zhang Yimou, the outstanding Chinese director, won the 75th Venice International Film Festival (August 29-September 8, 2018) ‘2018Jaeger ‑LeCoultre Director’s Honor Award. ‘ Zhang Yimou’s well-known masterpieces include ‘Hero’, ‘Red Lantern’, ‘Judou’, and won twice with ‘Autumn Qiu Jue’ (1992) and ‘Nothing Can Be Missed’ (1999). Golden Lion Award.
The Jaeger‑LeCoultre Honor Award for Directors is dedicated to those who have made a special contribution to the contemporary film industry. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Sara Grand Theater (Palace of Film) on September 6, 2018, and Zhang Yimou’s new film Shadow will also premiere here. Alberto Barbera, President of the Venice International Film Festival, said: ‘Zhang Yimou is not only an outstanding director in the contemporary film industry, but also represents the evolution of the global language of film and the rapid development of Chinese cinema with his diverse works. Zhang Yimou Presenting Chinese writers, novels, and profound Chinese culture with unique and accurate visual effects, he became a pioneer in the film industry with such superb techniques. His first film, Red Sorghum (1987) was adapted from The work of Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan has made him an outstanding ‘fifth-generation director’ (including Chen Kaige and Tian Zhuangzhuang) and has won worldwide acclaim. Since then, it has combined formal aesthetics with easy-to-understand narrative structures He has won many important awards for his outstanding talents. Among them, he won the Golden Lion Award twice for his ‘Qiuju Lawsuit’ (1992) and ‘Nothing Less’ (1999). At the turn of this century, Zhang Yimou With the martial arts movie ‘Hero’ (2002) won the Oscar nomination for the best foreign language film for the third time, laid a world-class blockbuster for him The status of a sexual figure also helped him win the heavy responsibility of directing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics (2008), and later launched a series of outstanding works in collaboration with many American film stars. ‘Shadow’ (2018) will be on the 75th With its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Zhang Yimou officially returned to the martial arts world and continues to show his elegant style and unique creativity. ‘
‘Shadow’ is a martial arts film about the battle between princes. During the period of the Three Kingdoms (about 220-280 AD), a protagonist and his ministers conspired to regain their homeland. The film came from the perspective of the protagonist, the protagonist’s sister, the subordinate governor, the woman under house arrest, and a civilian. Zhang Yimou’s work has participated in the competition for the Venice International Film Festival four times, including ‘The Red Lantern Hangs High’ in 1991, ‘Autumn in Qiu Ju’ in 1992, ‘Speak Well with Something’ in 1997, and 1999 ‘No One Is Less’. In addition, he won the Golden Lion Award twice in 1992 and 1999 and the Silver Lion Award in 1991, and Gong Li won the Best Actress Award in 1992 for his wonderful performance in ‘Autumn Lawsuit’. . These achievements made Zhang Yimou the only director to win all the major awards of the Venice International Film Festival in ten years.
Jaeger‑LeCoultre has been sponsoring the Venice International Film Festival for 14 consecutive years, and has been sponsoring the Director’s Honor Award for 12 consecutive years. Previous winners include Takeno Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009), Mani Ratnam (2010), AlPacino (2011), SpikeLee (2012), EttoreScola (2013) (2014), James Franco (2014), Briande Palma (2015), AmirNaderi (2016), and StephenFrears (2017).