Headlines from China: Pingyao International Film Festival Changes Opening Film

Pingyao International Film Festival Changes Opening Film

On October 7, Pingyao International Film Festival (PYIFF) released a statement to announce the change the festival’s opening film to Old Neighborhood (World Premiere), directed by Chinese filmmaker Han Yan. In September 2019, Pingyao International Film Festival announced that Chinese film Liberation Li Shaohong and Chang Xiaoyang would be the opening film of its 3rd edition. According to PIFF’s statement, the team of Liberation reached out to the PYIFF’s committee on October 6 and requested the cancellation of the film screening, because the post-production and visual effects haven’t performed as well as expected and need further work. The new opening film Old Neighborhood is the Chinese story of the third BRICS co-production, Neighbors. Han Yan previously helmed Go Away Mr. Tumor,  a 2015 Chinese film selected as China’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. Old Neighborhood is Han’s newest directorial work. Read more on PYIFF

BIFF’s First Asian Contents Awards’ Acting Prizes Go to Chinese Actors

On October 6, Bushan International Film Festival and its Asian Film Market hosted the award ceremony for the 1st edition of Asian Contents Awards. Chinese actress Yao Chen won Best Actress award for her role Su Mingyu in the TV series All Is Well. Besides, Chinese actor Lei Jiayin, who stars in The Longest Day in Chang’an, won Best Actor award for his role Zhang Xiaojin in the web series. The presenter of the Best Actor award was Angelababy, a Chinese actress. Read more on Mtime

China Box Office: $650 Million for the  National Day Holiday

As of 2 PM on October 7, movies released during National Day holiday have cumulatively grossed RMB 4.644 billion (US$649.66 M, including service fees) at the box office during the week-long holiday. In 2018, the box office revenue of the same period was RMB2.175 billion (US$304.3 M).  The number of attendance was also crossed the 100 million mark, which surpassed the total attendance of Chinese New Year holidays in and before 2017. The top-grossing titles are My People My Country (RMB 2.199 billion), The Captain (RMB1.946 billion), and The Climbers (RMB 810 million), as of 7 PM on October 7. According to publicly available information, the three films were jointly backed by 100 companies, which included most of the companies in the Chinese film industry. Read more on National Business Daily