Cannes: Jia Zhangke to Receive Carrosse d’Or Prize

Jia Zhangke

The Chinese director will be honored as part of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar.

The French directors’ society will honor Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke with the Carrosse d’Or during this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Chinese director, who won Cannes' best screenplay award for A Touch of Sin in 2013, will be honored during the opening ceremony of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar on May 14.

A screening of Zhangke’s 2001 underground film Platform will precede a master class given by the director in the afternoon.

He has been a regular at the festival with his Unknown Pleasures (2002), 24 City (2008) and I Wish I Knew (2010) in official competition.

“We are captivated by the boldness of your body of works. Your ability to capture the constant changes in Chinese society, to show its corruption and violence, clearly and concisely, your commitment to younger generations, resonate within each of us. Your films are visuals poems, with the precision of each shot offering a constant reflection. We would like to acknowledge the committed, independent, poetic and visionary artistry,” board members wrote in a letter announcing the prize.

“Each of your films is precious for its insight into Chinese society but also into the solitude and spiritual journey present in humanity. You are the witness to these lives,” the letter reads in part. It was signed by Stephane Brize, Laurent Cantet, Malik Chibane, Catherine Corsini, Frederic Farrucci, Pascale Ferran, Denis Gheerbrant, Esther Hoffenberg, Cedric Klapisch, Helena Klotz, Sebastien Lifshitz, Anna Novion, Katell Quillevere, Christophe Ruggia, Pierre Salvadori and Celine Sciamma.

The Carrosse d’Or Prize has been awarded by the French filmmakers society since 2002. The recipient is chosen from the international filmmaking community for the innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work.