Zhang to judge Toronto Film Fes­ti­val

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Ac­claimed Chi­nese ac­tor Zhang Ziyi has been named as part of the three-per­son Plat­form Jury for the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (TIFF). The other two mem­bers are di­rec­tors Brian De Palma and Ma­hamat-Saleh Haroun.

They will award a prize of $25,000 to the best Plat­form se­lec­tion, to be an­nounced at the TFF awards cer­e­mony on Sept 18.

Plat­form is a pro­gramme that cham­pi­ons di­rec­tors’ cinema from around the world.

“We are hon­oured to have De Palma, Haroun, and Zhang on the Plat­form Jury for the pro­gramme’s sec­ond year. Each one of them brings a breadth of ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence in vi­sion­ary film­mak­ing, artis­tic di­rec­tion, and un­prece­dented, bold nar­ra­tives,” said Piers Han­dling, di­rec­tor and CEO of TIFF, in a re­lease.

“We are thank­ful to our es­teemed jury for mak­ing the time to be here this Septem­ber to cel­e­brate our re­newed com­mit­ment to ar­tis­ti­cally am­bi­tious film­mak­ing with Plat­form.”

In­spired by Chi­nese di­rec­tor Jia Zhang-ke’s ground­break­ing film of the same name, Plat­form shines the spot­light on 12 films of high artis­tic merit that demon­strate a strong di­rec­to­rial vi­sion. The lineup was an­nounced on Aug 11 and in­cludes Da­guer­rotype, Gold­stone and 10 other films.

“Plat­form’s vi­sion is cham­pi­oning aes­thetic mag­nif­i­cence, and De Palma, Zhang and Haroun have all ei­ther cre­ated or been a part of films that have in­spired, rev­o­lu­tion­ized and trans­formed the film­mak­ing in­dus­try,” said Cameron Bai­ley, artis­tic di­rec­tor of TIFF. “We are thrilled the jury mem­bers will be able to share their wealth of knowl­edge with this year’s Plat­form film­mak­ers who are cre­at­ing ground­break­ing nar­ra­tive forms. We can’t wait for the jury to join us in Toronto and be a part of Plat­form’s his­tory.”

Born in Bei­jing, Zhang is an in­ter­na­tional su­per­star who has brought strong, mul­ti­di­men­sional fe­male char­ac­ters to the screen. She first came to promi­nence in Ang Lee’s Academy Award–win­ning Crouching Tiger, Hid­den Dragon (2000), gar­ner­ing in­ter­na­tional award nom­i­na­tions and global star­dom.

She suc­cess­fully crossed over into the North Amer­i­can film in­dus­try, starring in the film adap­ta­tion of Mem­oirs of a Geisha (2005), for which she re­ceived Golden Globe.

We are thank­ful to our es­teemed jury for mak­ing the time to be here this Septem­ber.”

Zhang Ziyi

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