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Mumbai Film Festival to present lifetime achievement award to Zhang Yimou

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MUMBAI: The Mumbai Film Festival will honour acclaimed director, producer, writer and Chinese actor Zhang Yimou with the Lifetime achievement award at the forthcoming 14th Mumbai Film Festival that would be held from 18 to 25 October.

Considered to be one of China‘s most prominent directors, the prolific director is in the league of select oriental filmmakers who have successfully made a transition to mainstream Western cinema. He has been at the helm of record breaking films such as House of Flying Daggers, Hero, Curse of The Goldern Flower, and Raise the Red Lantern among numerous others.

Zhang Yiimou has been conferred several notable international accolades including the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for his film To Live, the Technical Grand Prize for Shanghai Triad, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Film, BAFTA‘s for To Live and Raise the Red Lantern and four different awards at the Berlin Film Festival as well as many others.

In addition to his cinematic achievements, Zhang Yimou also directed the opening and closing ceremonies for the Beijing Summer Olympic Games in 2008, which received widespread global acclaim.

The Mumbai Film Festival, an initiative by MAMI has been known to honour cinematic legends who have contributed to enriching the art and craft of cinema in varied capacities. Earlier recipients of this award have been Oliver Stone and Morgan Freeman respectively.

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