Chinese actress Gong Li to chair jury at 55th Golden Horse Awards

Taipei, Renowned Chinese film actress Gong Li (??) is to chair the jury at the 55th Golden Horse Awards following an invitation from Ang Lee (??), executive committee chairman of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, according to a press release issued by the committee Tuesday.

Lee, two-time Oscar-winning director and chair of the jury for the 2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, believes Gong is the right person as she is an important figure in the Chinese-language film industry and has considerable international experience, the statement said.

Gong expressed her gratitude at the invitation, willingness to accept the challenge and unreserved dedication to the cinematic arts, the press release pointed out.

The actress shot to stardom in 1988 following the release of Red Sorghum, which received the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), the press release said.

Other films Gong has starred in, include Ju Dou (1990) and Raise The Red Lantern (1991), both of which were nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards, the press release noted, adding that Farewell My Concubine (1993) is the only Chinese-language film to win the Palme d'Or, the highest award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gong's moving performance in The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) also won her the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival, the press release added.

Gong has previously headed juries at the Berlinale, Venice Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival, the press release said.

The press release noted that the deadline for submissions to the awards including features, documentaries and animated features is July 31.

The 55th Golden Horse Awards Ceremony will be held November 17 at National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, the press release said, adding that a full list of nominees and names of jury members will be announced on Oct. 1.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel