Category: Festival

Cannes Film Festival Interviews

Ziyi is still busy in Cannes this year giving interviews for various Chinese news media. You can now watch three different interviews she probably gave yesterday.

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Rendez-vous with Zhang Ziyi

The special event at the Cannes Film Festival Rendez-vous with Zhang Ziyi was just uploaded on the official website of the festival. You can watch the original version here and the version with English dubbing here. Some gorgeous pictures were added to the gallery.

Ziyi shared a lot yesterday during this masterclass, about her career and herself. She mainly talked about working of films like 2046, The Grandmaster, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but a few others too. Some highlights of the interview were transcribed on the official website of the Cannes Festival.

About her fighting spirit:
I was born into a very traditional family. My mother worked in a maternity hospital and my father was an economist for the government. I didn’t grow up in luxury. My parents worked hard to bring us up and we did not have many activities. I don’t remember my parents encouraging me a lot or saying “I love you.” They have always been demanding with me even though I have won many awards in my career. This has taught me to be demanding of myself. Most of the roles I have interpreted have this perseverence as a a common theme.

On the filming of Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster):
This film shoot was the most demanding of my whole career up until now. I was in a very anxious and melancholy period of my life. I remember asking for a day off in the middle of the filming, which was complicated because it would cost a lot of money. But Wong Kar-wai agreed. He knew that I was not feeling well and he showed himself to be very understanding. Today he is a very close friend. I could play any role for him.

Cannes Film Festival – Day 3

The third day of Ziyi at Cannes this year started with an amazing news. She attended a short press conference to announce her participation at the 3nd Tokyo Film Festival, starting on October 28 and closing on November 5. She will serve as the chairman of the jury of this prestigious film festival. Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Gong Li were also chairmen in the past, making Ziyi the fourth Chinese to occupy this high position.

Hollywood Reporter reported the news and included some worth mentioning details from the press conference.

TIFF director Takeo Hisamatsu called Ziyi “one of the leading actresses in the world” and said her performance in legendary Japanese director Seijun Suzuki’s final film Princess Raccoon (2005) had “earned her many Japanese fans.”

Zhang recalled her first trip to Tokyo with her first feature, Zhang Yimou’s The Road Home (1999), which went on to win a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. “I was immensely touched by the warmth of the reception and witnessed first-hand the love and passion that Japan has for the art of moviemaking,” she said.

Cannes Film Festival – Day 2

Ziyi was once again the center of attention at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. She appeared full of joy and charm in a dress by Azzaro at the photocall of the extensive interview she will have tomorrow Rendez-vous with Zhang Ziyi. Tons of pictures of the event should be added regularly as the show up. For now, you can enjoy the few great shots we have, as well as a video from the official youtube account of the festival.

Later during the day, she walked on the red carpet of Quentin Taratino’s last film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She was wearing a gorgeous dress by Zuhair Mahid with a PRITCH London black leather belt.

As planned, Ziyi showed up at the special screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where she made a short speech and presented the movie. Some pictures of this event should be added later with any luck.

Cannes Film Festival – Day 1

Ziyi attended two events yesterday at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. First, she walked the red carpet of La belle époque wearing a beautiful Givenchy dress.

Later in the evening, she attended the ceremony of the Chopard trophy as the Godmother of the event. She looked splendid in a red Versace dress.

Ziyi just arrived at Cannes

Her last visit at the Cannes Film Festival was in 2014. Today, she was photographed arriving on the Côte d’Azur. She was beautiful and so stylish. Enjoy the pictures of her arrival before the next fews days…

Asian Film and TV Week Opening Ceremony

Yesterday, Ziyi appeared at another event in Beijing. This time she was present at the opening ceremony of the Asian Film and TV Week. A film festival promoting asian films from all over the continent.

I also uploaded a video of the opening ceremony in which Ziyi talks about her career and the take on asian films in the world:
Zhang said an influential film should be rooted in its own culture but narrated in a way that appeals to domestic and outbound markets.” Source

Ziyi at the Cannes Film Festival

The actress will finally be back in France for the Cannes Film Festival and will attend, at least, three events…

The actress will be Godmother of the Trophée Chopard on May 20 at 7:00 PM.

As godmother, Zhang will present the award to both a male and female young actor on the rise. She follows “Godmother” Diane Kruger, who presented the award to Joe Alwyn and Elizabeth Debicki at Cannes film Festival 2018.

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Then, she will introduce a special screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on May 21 at 9:30 PM.

Ziyi will attend an event called “Rendez-vouson May 22 at 4:30PM, a conversation hosted by Yves Montmayeur at the Cinéma de la Plage. This masterclass will be the opportunity for Ziyi to share a lot about her career. Silvester Stallone, Alain Delon and Nicolas Winding Refn will also have their own masterclass. (More information here)