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Unusual Atmospherics At Beijing Festival Opening

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 reports: The opening ceremony of the seventh edition of the Beijing International Film Festival took place Sunday night amid a tight security cordon at Huairou, and the wind blowing white lint from the poplar trees that surround the city.

As well as a spectacular permanent theater, the far-flung Beijing suburb is home to China Film Group’s studio complex, and the opening events briefly crimped the filming schedule of Zhang Yimou’s upcoming “Shadow.”

Films play across the city for the next week (April 16-23.) They will compete for eyeballs with “The Fate of the Furious” which broke records this weekend in commercial theaters. Festival organizers denied that the absence of any Korean films was a political decision linked to the current diplomatic and economic standoff between China and South Korea sparked by Korea’s decision to deploy a controversial missile defense system.

The opening event mixed up daring acrobatics with speeches and introductions, but no film screening. The opening title of the BJIFF’s film panorama, Derek Hui’s “This Is Not What I Expected,” played elsewhere … (read more)

via Variety

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