Zhao Tao

Zhao Tao (simplified Chinese: 赵涛; traditional Chinese: 趙濤; pinyin: Zhào Tāo; born Taiyuan, Shanxi) is a Chinese actress, muse of director Jia Zhangke. She starred in eight of his films. She was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi, which is also the hometown of the heroine in Still Life. As a child, she studied classical Chinese dance. In 1996, she enrolled in the folk dance department at Beijing Dance Academy. After graduation, she became a dance teacher in Taiyuan Normal College, where she was spotted by Jia during casting for Platform. Since then they work frequently togheter. In 2011 she starred in the Italian movie Io sono Li by Andrea Segre, the movie was screened in the Venice Days section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Zhao won the David di Donatello Award, the Italian Oscar, for Best Actress for her biligual role. On January 7 2012 she married director Jia Zhangke.


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