Workshop & Masterclass Featuring Gong Li: Film and Us
Gong Li has been in the film industry for more than 30 years, which happened to be a period in which Chinese-language films have risen and made great strides in the world film scene. As the best cross-section of Chinese actress at home and abroad, Gong Li is named the Jury President of Tiantan Award at the 11th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF). This year’s Workshop & Masterclass features Gong who will share unique insights and her greatest career moments around performance, films, characters and various experiences internationally.
From Red Sorghum in early days to recently screened Leap, Gong demonstrates her persistence in acting with practical actions: "Actors who continue to break new ground, innovate, and work hard will be respected by audiences all over the world." With a love for performance, she deliberately makes alive every character. On the journey from China to the world, Gong wins over her audience from the four corners of the earth with characters and earns praise from the world with outstanding acting.
In 2019, Saturday Fiction starring Gong premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. Youth Film Handbook even named it the most anticipated film of the year in 2021. Notably, the title will also be screened as the closing film of this year’s BJIFF.
Stage Photo of Saturday Fiction
The Gong Li Masterclass invites Lou Ye, the director of Saturday Fiction, and the film’s leading actors Zhang Songwen and Mark Chao as "teaching assistants" to talk about acting.
Lou Ye, director, screenwriter and producer in the Chinese mainland, graduated from the Directing Department of Beijing Film Academy. In 1993, he completed his debut feature film Weekend Lover. Since then, his directorial works such as Purple Butterfly and Mystery have repeatedly been shortlisted for internationally renowned film festivals. In 2014, Lou’s Blind Massage was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for the cinematographer at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. His crime drama film The Shadow Play was released on April 4, 2019 and was nominated for the 11th China Film Director’s Guild Awards for Best Director.
Zhang Songwen, Chinese actor. His representative works include The Pioneer, 1921, Break Through the Darkness, The Shadow Play, The Bad Kids, End of Summer and Spring Fever. He won the Best Supporting Actor at the Chinese Film Media Awards in 2019 with his brilliant acting in The Shadow Play. Zhang also won the Movie Actor of the Year at the SIR Film and Entertainment Conference in 2019. He starred in the film End of Summer, which won the KNN Award in the New Currents section, the only international competitive section of the Busan International Film Festival.
Mark Chao, an actor in Taiwan, China, graduated from the University of Victoria in Canada. In 2009, Mark starred in his first TV dram Rogue Heroes, which won him the Best Actor at the 44th Golden Bell Awards. In 2012, Mark played Yang Shoucheng in the film Caught in the Web, and won the award for an outstanding Chinese actor at the 15th China Ornamental Column Awards. In 2019, Mark starred in the film Saturday Fiction.
The "Online BJIFF " this year includes many theme events such as the Tiantan Award, Opening Ceremony and Red Carpet, Beijing Film Panorama, Forward Future Section, Theme Forum, Workshop & Masterclass, Beijing Film Market, Film Carnival, Closing & Awards Ceremony, Beijing College Student Film Festival and "Film+". The “Online BJIFF" will be available at iQIYI and all the film fans can access to the “Online BJIFF” at iQIYI for the selected films, wonderful live broadcasts and latest industry news!
Theme of the Gong Li Masterclass
Film and Us
Time: 9:45PM, September 26 on Beijing Satellite TV
10:00AM September 27 on platforms such as xuexi.cn,yangshipin.cn and iQIYI;
Panelists: Gong Li, Lou Ye, Zhang Songwen, Mark Chao