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Chinese director Wu Tianming, who helmed several films that reshaped Chinese cinema, including “Old Well” and “King of Masks,” died of an apparent heart attack on March 4 in his home in Beijing. He was 74.
The filmmaker, known as the “Godfather of the Fifth Generation,” was the former head of Xi’an Film Studios, and the films he directed, also including “Life,” “CEO” and his final film, “Song of the Phoenix,” earned Wu worldwide critical acclaim and garnered him multiple awards.
Wu, a native of China’s Shan Xi Province, developed an early interest in the theater and worked odd jobs at local playhouses in order to observe the actors. He later worked as a stage actor and became a film player with Xi’an Film Studios. By the time he reached his teens, Wu’s interest shifted to motion pictures, and Dovzhenko’s “Poem of the Sea” served as the impetus for his filmmaking career. »
- Andrea Seikaly
Leading Chinese filmmakers Jackie Chan, Feng Xiaogang and Chen Kaige were among delegates gathered in the Great Hall of the People for China’s annual rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress and its advisory body. Wednesday, March 5 marks the start of the strictly choreographed parliament meeting in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing, which is expected to approve efforts to keep President Xi Jinping’s economic reform plans on track. Photos: China Box Office 2013: The Top 10 Movies The event is actually two political meetings, the ‘liang hui’, which combines the annual sessions of the Chinese People's
- Clifford Coonan
There's a lot going on in the world of Zhang Yimou these days. Only last week, it was announced that he'll be directing his first U.S. feature with Universal -- a rare instance of a Chinese director getting to steer an English-language film with an American studio. The project is an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling thriller, "The Parsifal Mosaic" -- not exactly the first match of director and material that comes to mind, but Zhang has already proven his deftness as a genre stylist, so we'll see. (Just as long as he fares better than his compatriot Chen Kaige did »
- Guy Lodge
Oscar winner Jane Campion will lead the jury at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The New Zealand director is the first, and still only, woman to have won Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or. She won in 1993 for The Piano, sharing the prize ex aequo with Kaige Chen's Farewell My Concubine. "Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986, I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides, and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger," Campion said in a statement. "At the Cannes Film Festival they
- THR Staff
Filmmaker Jane Campion has found herself in the Palme d'Or mix three times at Cannes: for 1989's "Sweetie," 1993's "The Piano" (which one the prize in a tie with Kaige Chen's "Farewell My Concubine") and 2009's "Bright Star." She also won a prize for her short film "An Exercise in Discipline - Peel" in 1982. Suffice it to say, she has a rich history with the fest, and now she adds one more notch on her Croisette belt: she'll be heading up the 2014 edition's jury. "It's a great honor for me to be chosen as the president of the jury," »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) is to open with the European premiere of Indian drama Qissa, celebrating 25 years of the Hubert Bals Fund (Hbf).
Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, is one of more than a thousand film projects supported by the Hbf since its inception in 1989.
The fund contributed to the script development of the film ten years ago and will come full circle when it officially opens the festival on Jan 22. Iffr runs to Feb 2.
Set amidst the ethnic cleansing and general chaos that accompanied India’s partition in 1947, the drama stars Khan as a Sikh attempting to forge a new life for his family while keeping their true identities a secret from their community.
The Punjabi-language film, which debuted at Toronto in September, is co-produced »
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