Director Zhang Yimou to get lifetime achievement award

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Venice, Aug 8 (IANS) Veteran Chinese director Zhang Yimou will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award — the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory prize — at the Venice International Film Festival.

The “Ju Dou” fame director will be given the award on September 6, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Yimou will also present his latest movie, the martial arts period drama “Ying” (Shadow), in an out-of-competition slot at the festival.

Venice International Film Festival director Alberto Barbera said: “Yimou is not only one of the most important directors in contemporary cinema, but with his eclectic production, he has represented the evolution of global language of film, and at the same time, the exceptional growth of Chinese cinema.”

Yimou, who made his debut with “Red Sorghum” in 1987, has won many awards and recognitions including Best Foreign Film nominations for “Ju Dou” in 1990, “Raise the Red Lantern” in 1991 and “Hero” in 2003.

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The festival will take place from August 29 to September 8.

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