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Shah Rukh Khan-starring romance “Zero” has been set as the closing film of the Beijing International Film Festival. The sprawling festival will open with “The Composer,” a forthcoming Chinese-Kazakh co-production, as its opening title.
The festival, which runs April 13 to 20, 2019, has revealed its full selection of 261 titles. The decision to program “Zero” in such a prominent slot underlines the growing success which Indian films are enjoying with Chinese audiences. Directed by Aanand L. Rai and released in December, the Hindi-language “Zero” is Khan’s most expensive film yet. It features the star as a person with dwarfism in a love triangle with a scientist with cerebral palsy (Anushka Sharma) and a famous actress (Katrina Kaif).
Composer - Movie - Cooperation - Agreement - China
“The Composer” is the first movie to emerge from a cooperation agreement between China and Kazakhstan under Chinese president Xi Jinping’s infrastructure building project, the Belt and Road Initiative. Directed by Kazakhstan’s Xirzat Yahup, it describes the life of a Chinese composer stranded in Almaty in the 1940s who strikes up a friendship with a Kazakh composer. Chinese social media lists it as scheduled for theatrical release in 2020.
The line-up is an eclectic mix of Hollywood blockbusters (including all five Jason Bourne films and all four “Mad Max” titles), homages to cineastes including Akira Kurosawa and Alfonso Cuaron (with screenings of “Gravity” and “Children of Men”), and lesser-known works from countries including Indonesia and India.
Animation - Section - Retrospective - Works - Japan
An animation section will feature a retrospective of five works by Japan’s Mamoru Hosoda and a 20th anniversary presentation of Brad Bird’s “The Iron Giant,” among 14 other titles Distributor GKIDS has called the lineup “the largest slate of international animated feature films to be shown in China.”
Other notable films recently announced include Casey Affleck’s “Light...
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