Zhang Yimou, the world famous Chinese director, will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award at this year's 75th Venice International Film Festival.
The award celebrates a filmmaker who is acknowledged to have made an original contribution to innovation and improvement in contemporary cinema. Zhang is the 13th recipient of the Jaeger-LeCoultre prize since its inception in 2006. It is the first time for a Chinese director to win this honor.
Zhang is a regular at the Venice international film festival. His films have been in the competition four times. In 1991, Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for the Golden Lion and won the Silver Lion. In addition, he won two Golden Lions with The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) and Not One Less (1999). Together with this year’s award, he will become the director with the most top prizes at Venice within a 10-year span.