Headlines from China: Tibetan Filmmaker Pema Tseden’s ‘Balloon’ Enters Venice Film Festival

Tibetan Filmmaker Pema Tseden’s ‘Balloon’ Enters Venice Film Festival

On July 25, the 76th Venice Film Festival announced the first batch of this year’s official selections. Balloon, a drama film by renowned Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden is selected to compete in the festival’s Horizons section. Previously, Pema Tseden’s Tharlo (2015) and Jinpa (2018) have been selected by the Festival. The filmmaker explores the relationship between spirituality and reality by telling the story of a Tibetan family whose peaceful life was stirred up by a condom. Read more on Mtime

FIRST International Film Festival Cancels the Screening of ‘Parasite’

On July 27, China’s FIRST International Film Festival announced on its official Weibo account that the festival’s closing film Parasite couldn’t be screened due to technical issues. Parasite is directed by South Korean director Joon-ho Bong and won the filmmaker a Palme d’Or. Many festival attendees expressed their disappointment after hearing the news, especially the ones who came from another city just for this film. This year, cancellation of a film’s theatrical release or festival screening happened more often than before. This past summer, six films cancelled their theatrical releases. Read more on Mtime