LONDON – Chinese filmmaker and actor Zhang Yimou will be feted with a tribute during the upcoming Marrakech International Film Festival, heralded by a gala for the Christian Bale starrer The Flowers of War.
The filmmaker, whose films have been nominated three times to represent China at the Oscars, is also noted for staging the opening and closing ceremonies of the 19th Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and is credited with launching the careers of actresses Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi.
After winning the Golden Bear in Berlin for his first film Red Sorghum in 1987, the director has won the Grand Jury Prize during the Festival de Cannes in 1994 for the film To Live.
His resume also boasts nods as an actor including the best actor prize at the Tokyo Festival for his performance in Old Well in 1986 before starring opposite Gong Li in his directorial debut Sorghum a year later.
Yimou also made Hero, starring Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, and Zhang Ziyi and co-wrote, produced and directed House of Flying Daggers.