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Asia Pacific awards to fete Zhang

Chinese helmer to receive FIAPF prize

CHENGDU — Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou will receive the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) award for outstanding achievement at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia on Nov. 24.

His latest film, “The Flowers of War,” which toplines Christian Bale, is China’s entry to the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards. It will be distributed in North America by Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Row 1 Entertainment.

For many years, Zhang was the rebel of Chinese cinema and exquisite pics such as “Red Sorghum” and “Raise the Red Lantern” were banned in his home country, but adored on the arthouse fest circuit overseas.

In latter years, with government-friendly pics like “Hero,” he has mellowed and he was the creative engine behind the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and also coordinated the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of China’s revolution in 2009.

During his career he has won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Silver and Golden Lions at Venice and Berlin’s Silver and Golden Bear.

As the recipient of the FIAPF Award, he will be inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.

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