China Film Insider Heavenly Queen Fan Bingbing will serve on the jury of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, joining an eclectic group of four men and four women including Will Smith and Pedro Almodovar.
Fan Bingbing’s fame and stature continue to increase, as one of the world’s highest-paid film figures joins the 70th Cannes Film Festival jury, along with Hollywood star Will Smith, and Spanish film stalwart Pedro Almodovar.
Fan has been a regular on the Cannes red carpet, despite having a lack of films appearing in competition at the festival. She is joined on the jury by the likes of Will Smith, who also has never had a film at Cannes, along with Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain, Park Chan-wook from Korea, and Paolo Sorrentino from Italy. The after-work drinks should be amazing. That jury will decide the festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or.
As Fan prepares for that call of duty, she’s also been named to Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential people, a list that also includes Ivanka Trump, Ryan Reynolds, and Viola Davis.
“The first thing I noticed when I met Fan Bingbing was her inner strength, which was exuded so effortlessly it was difficult to take my eyes off her. I am not the only one. A giant star in mainland China, Fan Bingbing has also made her mark in Hollywood as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And her innate sense of style has made her a natural to represent global brands,” wrote fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg in her Time 100 profile.
“She is also a woman who knows her own strength. Not only is Fan Bingbing a brilliant actor, but she is also a formidable businesswoman. She’s one of the world’s highest-paid female actors, she has created her own studio to make her own films and develop other projects, and still she finds time for philanthropy, co-founding Heart Ali to help children who suffer from congenital heart disease. Her fierce independence has earned her the nickname Fan Ye, or Master Fan. She is the woman she wants to be. Her wish, as they say, is our command.”