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2015 Cannes Film Fest: Jia Zhangke Presented with this Year’s Carrosse d’Or

He might equally feel at home on the Lido, but it is on the Croisette where the Sixth Generation Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke will take a bow. Annually presented on the opening day of Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, the filmmaker behind seminal films Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Still Life (2006) and we’ll throw in 2013’s A Touch of Sin for good measure, will be presenting a masterclass for 2000’s the Platform (Thursday May 14th at Théâtre Croisette – JW Marriott). Zhangke is currently in prep mode with Mountains May Depart (#10 on our Most Anticipated list) which is looking less of a 2015/possible Venice title and more like a 2016 release.

The Carrosse d’Or Prize has been awarded since 2002 by the filmmakers of the SRF to honor one of their own during Cannes Film Festival — previous winners include Cannes Film Fest royalty in Jim Jarmusch (2008), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2012) and last year was awarded to Alain Resnais (2014) who passed away a couple of months before he was supposed to receive the honor.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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