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Beijing Intl. Film Festival organizers have given this year’s event a stronger international flavor and more high-tech elements, moves that reflect the Chinese industry’s desire to go global. Festival runs April 16-23.
One big change? This fourth edition features an opening-night screening — something that is standard at other festivals, but which the first three Beijing fests dispensed with, in favor of a pomp and circumstance show befitting the city’s status in the emerging world order and its powerhouse backers, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Beijing city government.
“The norm for major international film festivals around the world is for the opening film to enjoy a good reputation and respect within the industry. To reflect the international … and market-oriented nature of Bjiff, the organizing committee decided on ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ” a festival spokesman says. The Franco-German romantic fantasy by Asiaphile French director »
- Shirley Lau
Hong Kong — The Beijing International Film festival has put together a festival of festivals-type competition selection with titles that have gathered awards at other events through the past year.
The line-up will be judged by a powerhouse jury to be headed by John Woo. He is joined by Irish director Jim Sheridan, India’s “3 Idiots” screenwriter, Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotti, leading Chinese director Lu Chuan and Sinofile French director, scriptwriter and producer Philippe Muyl.
Beijing, now in its fourth year, has been a jumping off point for high level East-West meetings. This year’s seminar of co-production will involve Oliver Stone, Alfonso Cuarón, director of Gravity; Christopher Dodd, president of the Motion Picture Association of America; Frederick Huntsberry, COO of Paramount Pictures; Russian director Timur Bekmambetov and Peter Ziering, »
- Patrick Frater
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