Samal Yeslyamova was born in 1984 in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. She later studied at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts from 2007 to 2011 and currently…
Winner, Best Performance by an Actress, 2018
Zhao Tao studied Chinese Folk Dance at Beijing Dance Academy before beginning to work with director Jia Zhang-ke in 2000 with Platform and later The World (2004) and 24 City (2008). Their pair’s collaboration soared with Still Life (2006), which won the Golden Lion Award at the 63rd Venice Film Festival. She also helped produce Jia’s Useless (2007), which won the Horizons Documentary Award at the 64th Venice Film Festival. As the leading actress of the Italian film Shun Li and the Poet (2012), she won Best Actress at the David di Donatello Awards, the first time an Asian actress was awarded the prize. She also starred in the critically acclaimed A Touch of Sin (2013) and Mountains May Depart (2015).
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