Chinese actress Gong Li will be the first Asian woman to win the annual Women in Motion Award. The award is given out by the Cannes Film Festival in partnership with the Kering Group to celebrate a woman who has contributed to the film industry in front or behind the camera. The award will be handed out by Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault and Cannes president Pierre Lescure during a dinner Sunday, in France, reports Variety. Li has been acting for nearly four decades and has been a jury member of the 50th Cannes Film Festival.
Gong Li said, “The love and respect of the audience give us actresses wings, give us the relentless force to pursue our path. It is a true honor for me to receive the Women in Motion Award. Making films is fundamental in my life, and I am most grateful to be able to continue to share my work and my passion.”
The Women in Motion Award began in 2015 with Jane Fonda receiving the first award. It was followed by Geena Davis in 2015, Susan Sarandon in 2016, Isabelle Huppert in 2017, and Patty Jenkins in 2018.
Gong Li is a 53-year-old icon in the film industry. She was born in China and gravitated towards the arts. She studied acting at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing and got her first big break when she scored the lead role in “Red Sorghum.” Since then, she has worked on 35 films in her career and is best known for her roles in “Memoirs of a Geisha” and Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner “Farewell My Concubine.”
The Cannes Film Festival is an annual international movie festival that takes place in Cannes, France. It is considered the top film festival in the world.
The Kering group is the parent company to such high-end luxury brands such as Gucci, Yves Sanit Laurent, and Balenciaga.
The Women in Motion of Award seeks to highlight the amazing women working in the film industry.