2016 U.S.-China Film Talent Award
Writer, Director and Producer
Lu Chuan has won critical acclaim and commercial success in television and film. In 1999, he wrote the political drama Black Hole, a 30-episode series that brought him widespread recognition. His directorial debut came in 2002 with The Missing Gun, and his second film, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, received various awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival. City of Life and Death, Lu’s 2009 film about the Nanjing massacre, won the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Lu was selected as Best Director at the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards and Asian Film Awards. His 2015 3D fantasy adventure, Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, surpassed $100 million at the Chinese box office and was hailed as a “breakthrough in producing Chinese commercial genre films” due to its visual effects.
Lu is involved in two high-profile international projects. He wrote, directed and produced the Disneynature documentary, Born in China, about endangered wildlife. It was released in China and will premiere worldwide on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. His first English-language feature, River Town, is being adapted from New Yorker writer Peter Hessler’s memoir about teaching English and literature to college students in Sichuan Province. Lu graduated from the Nanjing People’s Liberation Army Institute of International Relations and the Directing Program at Beijing Film Academy.