Headlines from China: Curtain Rises on Shanghai International Film Festival

Curtain Rises on Shanghai International Film Festival

The 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival, the first large-scale cinematic event held in-person in China since the coronavirus outbreak, kicked off on Saturday. The delayed event opened with the China Film Industry Summit Forum instead of the star-studded opening ceremony and red carpet, which had been canceled for safety reasons. Yan Xiaoming, vice president of China Media Group (CMG), announced the opening and said at the forum that he hoped the influential festival could encourage Chinese filmmakers to tell Chinese stories well and promote the mutual learning of different cultures, especially the mutual learning of cinematic arts between different countries in the internet era. Read more Yuemu China

Beijing Reopens Cinemas After Prolonged Closure

Cinemas in the Chinese capital city resumed operations on last Friday, with 39 domestic and foreign films on show on the first day after months-long closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets to many shows at several cinemas on Friday were sold out immediately after being available for reservations, with cinemas offering big discounts to attract moviegoers. With more domestic and foreign films announcing their release schedules in the coming days, more people are expected to go to the cinema during the rest of the summer break. Read more Economic View