THE INCARNATION OF THE MODERN CHINESE WOMAN A true incarnation of modern Chinese beauty, Gong Li has garnered international acclaim for her talent as an actress. Born in 1965, she embodies to the whole world the presentday Chinese woman, taking control over her destiny. She was the first Chinese woman to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Gong Li is a spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris in Asia since 1996 and represents the Revitalift antiaging range. Discover all the videos of Gong Li! A SPECTACULAR MOVIE CAREER Gong Li began her career while still a student at the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated in 1989 when she was chosen as the female lead in Red Sorghum. This magnificent movie garnered the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and brought Gong Li instant public recognition. She then played eclectic roles, from peasant women, to spiritual courtesans, submissive wives and dance hall singers in several Chinese films, including Zhang Yimou’s To live, the story of Qiu Jiu for which she was awarded the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actress in 1992 and Chen Kaige’s Farewell my Concubine which won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1993. Gong then starred in a wealth of movies, including Zhang Yimou’s Shanghai Triad (1995), Chen Kaige’s Emperor and The Assassin (1999), Sun Zhou’s Breaking the Silence for which she was awarded Best Actress at the Montreal World Film Festival, the Wong KarWai romantic sciencefiction drama 2046 or Chen Daming What Women Want (2011). She is also renowned for casting roles in International movies such as Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) by Arthur Golden, Peter Webber’s Hannibal Rising (2007) and Mikael Håfström’s actiondrama Shanghai (2010) alongside John Cusack. GONG LI AND THE CANNES FESTIVAL, A LONG STORY In 1997, Gong was a member of the 50th Cannes Film Festival jury and presided over the Berlin Film Festival in 2000. Ever since, she illuminates the red carpet with her beauty and attends the Festival nearly every year.