Ziyi was at the 14th Macau International Movie Festival today. She ended up winning both Best Actress and Best Director for her short Poem in the patriotic anthology film My Country, My Parents.
Ziyi just won two prizes at the 7th Golden Crane Awards in Japan. Affiliated with the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival, the China Film Week celebrates and honors Chinese cinema with the Golden Crane Awards. This Year, Ziyi was awarded Best Actress and Best New Director for My Country, My parents. The actress unsurprisingly couldn’t attend the ceremony in Japan, but nonetheless sent a video that can be watched below.
Along with director Huang Jianxin, Liu Haoran and many other big names in the Chinese film industry, Ziyi attended a press conference at the 16th Beijing Film Festival. They shared some thoughts on the future of Chinese filmmaking.
Some quotes of Ziyi during the conference:
I believe teamwork is an indispensable part of producing high-quality films. We need directors, actors, screenwriters and other crew members to all do their best. And for our actresses, I think one of the most important things is to have enough understanding of the characters and have a strong faith in themselves and their abilities.
Also we talk about what is a ‘Superior’ film, but I don’t think anyone on stage or behind the scenes should think about it first. We should first take out our most essential sincere dedication to our career, which I think may be more important than ‘Superior.
As you may already know, Ziyi was the Jury president of the 16th FIRST Youth Film Festival in Xining this year. She attended a few events, including a screening of The Grandmaster, a press conference of the jury and of course the closing ceremony. There, she announced the best film’s winner: One and Four, directed by Jigme Trinley.
Ziyi just announced the winner or the VeeR Future Award – Best VR Story: Alex Honnold: The Soloist VR, directed by Jonathan Griffith.
“It’s been a privilege to be a part of the Cannes XR 2022 Jury. It was a unique experience to immerse myself in this new art form. Virtual reality allows us to step right into the narrative. I was able to interact with the characters, and, sometimes, I was part of the storytelling. This experience opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that this technology can offer film-making”, Ms. Zhang Ziyi said.
Good news! Ziyi will participate in the next Cannes Film Festival. The actress will be a member of the Cannes XR x VeeR Future Award jury.
18 VR works were selected out of hundreds of submissions to enter the final round of the Cannes XR x VeeR Future Award Competition to compete for a chance to win the Best VR Story and the Best Interactive Experience awards.
The jury will evaluate the projects based on their storytelling techniques, immersive and interactive designs, and innovations. The winners will be announced on 22 May at the online Cannes XR x VeeR Future Award Ceremony on Alexandria.
More information at Le Marché du Film.
Ma Yin, the chairman of the festival, Meng Jinghui, Chen Minghao and Ziyi were in Beijing of March 27th to attend the press conference of the 2021 Aranya Theater Festival. Ziyi will participate as one the artistic directors, along with Meng Jinghui and Chen Minghao. The festival will be held in Anaya in Hebei province from June 10th to 20th.