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VATICAN AGENCY AWARDS CHINESE FILM DIRECTOR

Archbishop John Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications merits the Robert Bresson Awards to Chinese Film Director Zhang Yuan in the context of the Venice Film Festival.

Archbishop Foley said on Vatican Radio that the award is "a cultural bridge" and hopes "it will be very important for the film industry in China." When reporting the award, The Vatican radio said that Zhang Yuan is a sincere spokesman of this great artistic and human lesson that Chinese cinema gives the West.

The awardee, Zhang Yuan was born in Nanjing in 1963. He was honored in Venice in 1999 when he received a Silver Lion for his film "Seventeen Years," a story of redemption and forgiveness. For his part, Zhang commented: "It is a particularly happy day for me. Archbishop Foley came from Rome especially to give me this Vatican award, an award that not only honors me personally, but which I believe has universal value. "The Vatican is a state, which has a very influential culture on the whole of humanity, and China has more than 1 billion inhabitants," the director added. "Despite this factual data, the two states do not have diplomatic relations. I hope I will be the first brick of a bridge that unites both cultures. This is the greatest meaning I see in the award."

The Robert Bresson Award, in its seventh edition, is conferred by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Social Communications, Italy's Entertainment Entity and the Italian magazine " Il Cinematografo."

 
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