It’s one small step for womankind but it’s one we can all get behind: Chinese actress Gong Li will be the first woman to chair the Shanghai International Film Festival 17th edition jury.
Xinhua quotes the actress as saying, “I am honored to be the president of the jury for the Golden Goblet Award and to be able to work with elites from the international film industry.”
Founded in 1993, the SIFF is one of China’s top international film events. Previous jury presidents include Luc Besson, John Woo and Jean-Jacques Annaud. Gong was previously president of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001 and the Venice International Film Festival a year later. She was named Best Actress at the 1992 Venice festival and she won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 1987.
Actress Gong Li made her debut in the 1987 movie Red Sorghum, by prolific director Zhang Yimou, recently more famous in China for his one-child policy violation story.
Gong Li reunites with Zhang in his upcoming drama “Coming Home”, set to be released in China on May 16.
This year’s edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival is scheduled to run from June 14 to 22.
The festival organizers also launched this edition’s Golden Goblet competition poster, dubbed as “dazzling”, but we won’t comment on that.
By Andreea Dragut
[Photo via SIFF]