Headlines from China: Preparing for National Holiday, China to Raise Movie Theater Capacity to 75 Percent

Preparing for National Holiday, China to Raise Movie Theater Capacity to 75 Percent

China will ease the pandemic safety measures and raise allowed movie theater viewer limit from 50% to 75% starting on September 25, according to the statement announced by China Film Distribution & Exhibition Association on Tuesday. The move gives the recovering Chinese film market a further strong boost and is expected to set new records at the box office, as several long-anticipated domestic films are set to be released around the upcoming eight-day National Day holiday which starts on October 1. Among those films are “Leap” set on September 25, on Chinese national women’s volleyball team, the most-expected Chinese animation of the year “Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification” and comedy film “My People, My Homeland” on October 1. Read more wxs360

Beijing-Born Director Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ to Hit Movie Theaters in China

After the exciting news of the Chinese-born director Chloe Zhao winning the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival circulated widely on Chinese social media last weekend, the country’s National Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas announced on Tuesday that the director’s 2017 film “The Rider” has been approved to play on the China’s big screens via a limited theatrical release, although a specific release date has not yet been set. “The Rider” premiered at Cannes back in 2017 and grossed just $3.4 million in theaters, mostly owing to the North America market’s performance. Many Chinese film buffs have expressed their excitement for the film to be screened in their local market as they believe that the world’s second largest film market will be able to boost that number to a higher level. Read more Mtime