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‘Slow-fast’ Secrets of Franco-Chinese Co-productions Discussed at Paris Images

Paris – Co-productions with the world’s fastest growing film market, China, was the subject of this year’s 15th Dream Industry (Feb. 4-6), integrated within the Paris Images Trade Show.

The event included round tables with representatives from French and Chinese film agencies, directors and producers, and a master class with guest of honor, Chinese helmer Wang Chao (“Fantasia”).

Discussions provided fascinating insights into the different working models prevailing in France and China, and how industry players have come to terms with this complex reality.

Key French-Chinese coproductions discussed during the event included Wang Chao’s romantic tale, “Looking for Rohmer,” Jean Jacques Annaud’s epic production, “Wolf Totem,” Pascal Morelli’s animation feature, “108 Demon-Kings,” Philippe Muyl’s “The Nightingale,” Pengfei Song’s “Les Vagabonds de Pékin”and Emmanuel Sapolsky’s “The Eye of Silence,” plus Zoltan Mayer’s 100% French production, “Voyage to China,” and Leon Lai’s Chinese action comedy,
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #151. Tsai-ming Liang’s Xi You (Journey to the West)

Xi You (Journey to the West)

Director: Tsai Ming-liang

Writer: Tsai Ming-liang

Producer: Vincent Wang, Fred Bellaiche

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Denis Lavant

This weekend, the Berlin Film Festival presented Xi You (Journey to the West) a film that much like last year’s Stray Dogs is going to convince Tsai Ming-liang fans of his genius or in the simplest of terms, will alienate, test the patience of even the shrewdest cinephiles. Affectionately we come to appreciate him via the likes of Good Bye, Dragon Inn and The Wayward Cloud, and his current shift has more of the same: working at a snail’s pace speed and a full awareness of the frame. Oh and Denis Lavant stars.

Gist: The face of an exhausted man breathing deeply, his face agitated and, nearby, the sea. A Buddhist monk walks barefoot and incredibly slowly through Marseille – so slowly,
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Venice selects 12 for filmmaking scheme

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Venice selects 12 for filmmaking scheme
A total of 12 projects have been selected for the second edition of Venice filmmaking scheme, the Biennale College - Cinema, a programme for training young filmmakers and producing micro-budget films.

The 12 teams, made up of directors and producers, come from Argentina, Belgium, UK, India, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Romania, Hungary and the Us.

They will introduce their projects at a special session held today (October 14) in Venice introduced by president Paolo Baratta and the director of the Venice International Film Festival Alberto Barbera.

Three teams will then be chosen to take part in two further workshops to be held in December 2013 and January 2014, before going into production on their microbudget films, each of which will receive a €150,000 contribution and will be screened at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014.

The sessions will be led by Michel Reilhac, Gino Ventriglia and Amy Dotson, with industry support from production and script consultants including Vincent Wang, Mike Ryan, [link
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Venice Downplays Tsai Ming-liang’s ‘Stray Dogs’ Nationality Squabble

Venice – A dispute at the Venice Film Festival over the nationality of Tsai Ming-liang’s competition entry “Stray Dogs” is being downplayed by fest director Alberto Barbera.

While Tsai and his producer Vincent Wang submitted the film as hailing from Taiwan and France, the festival has labeled it as coming from Chinese Taipei and France.

This has sparked protests in the Taiwanese media as well as drawn a letter from a Rome-based Taiwanese official to the Venice fest.

“He sent us a very courteous letter saying: why is this work listed as Chinese Taipei rather than Taiwan?” Barbera told Variety.

The reason is that the Italian government does not recognize Taiwan as a country, Barbera said.

“So we can’t either, and have to write Chinese Taipei,” he explained.

The problem of assigning nationality to people or products from Taiwan goes back to when the island broke away from China
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