Headlines from China: Which Companies Make Art-house Films in China?

Director Wang Xiaoshuai in Berlinale 2019

Which Companies Make Art-house Films in China?

Over the past two years, an increasing number of art house films scored theatrical releases in China. This spring, we will see several more hit the big screen, including The Crossing (Dir. Bai Xue), So Long My Son (Dir. Wang Xiaoshuai) and The Shadow Play (Dir. Lou Ye). So which companies are making art house films in China? In this article, WeChat media account dianyingqingbaochu lists 27 film companies that made art house films over the past few years. These companies are put into three categories, including companies that are founded by art-house filmmakers, such as Jia Zhangke’s Beijing Xihe Xinghui Pictures and Wang Xiaoshuai’s Beijing Dongchun Fims, companies that specialize in financing and producing art-house films, such as Black Fin Production and Shanghai Hehe Pictures, and large studios that produce various genres of films including art house films. Read more on yiqipaidianying

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