Pingyao Film Festival: China's Indie Darling Kicks Off With Han Yan's 'Old Neighborhood'

China’s third annual Pingyao International Film Festival is set to kick off Thursday night with a gala screening of rising 38-year-old director Han Yan's Old Neighborhood, the first of 52 titles that will screen across the indie-spirited event until its conclusion on Oct. 19.

There’s been some degree of backstage drama already at the festival, as its initial choice for opening night — Li Shaohong and Chang Xiaoyang’s patriotic Liberations — was abruptly pulled by festival organizers earlier this week. The festival team — led by Cannes-winning auteur and founder Jia Zhangke — was told by ...
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