Headlines from China: Chinese-American Family Drama ‘The Farewell’ Scores China Release

Chinese-American Family Drama ‘The Farewell’ Scores China Release

It was announced today (Oct 25) that the 2019 Chinese-American family drama film The Farewell has been scheduled to release in China on November 22. Based on director Lulu Wang’s own family story, the film follows a young Chinese-American woman Billi and her family who, upon learning her grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, travel to China to see her with the excuse of attending a cousin’s wedding. Starring Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, and Tzi Ma, the film was released in North America this summer and beat “Avengers: Endgame” for the year’s biggest per-theater average at the local box office. Read more on The Beijing News

Sophie Marceau Named Ambassador for the 2nd Hainan Island Int’l Film Festival

On October 25, Hainan Island International Film Festival (HIIFF) hosted a press conference in Beijing, unveiling this year’s festival lineup, including a variety of screening sections and special events. This year, HIIFF will launch the Golden Coconut competition section and showcase selected films from all around the world through eight themed programs. The festival will also add more industry events this year, including a film market, a project market, and a conference to promote scenic spots for shooting. It was also announced that Sophie Marceau has been appointed as this year’s festival ambassador. A greeting video from the French actress was played at the press conference. In addition, the festival released an official poster, which features a young kid who tries to collect lights under coconut trees, symbolizing filmmakers’ unyielding curiosity that drives them to explore the cinematic world. Read more on HIIFF