2016 Beijing International Film Festival2016-03-30 09:51:50Share:
Around 500 films will be put on screen during the sixth Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), which will open on April 16.
A total of 2,329 films from 105 countries and regions have registered to take part in the screenings and award ceremony, with 1,964 foreign films and 365 produced in China.
A total of 500 films have been picked for audiences in Beijing, where about 1,000 showings will be launched in 25 cinemas and five universities. A preview of this year's film selection will begin on April 8 and showings will last until the last day of the festival on the 23.
This year's selections feature 20 themes including "China story," "window to Asia," "power of writing" and "maiden works."
Last year, more than 300 films were screened during the fifth BJIFF, which generated over 13.8 billion yuan (about 2.2 billion U.S. dollars) in contracts.
The Last Emperor
Natalie Portman to Attend Beijing Film Festival
Natalie Portman will be Hollywood's highest-profile attendee at the upcoming Beijing Film Festival next month.
The Chinese festival announced Tuesday that the star would attend its red-carpet opening ceremony on April 17. She will later participate in a forum on co-producing films in China and introduce a screening of her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, at the China Film Archive.
Portman has had an avid following in China since her first appearance as an actress in Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional (1994), which enjoys cult status across much of Asia. Her Oscar-winning performance in 2010's Black Swan is also a fan favorite in China, although the film wasn't released there theatrically.
A Tale of Love and Darkness is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Israeli author Amos Oz. The film was shot in Jerusalem and is told entirely in Hebrew, with Portman both starring and directing. It premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Portman previously attended the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2014. She has regularly expressed interest in working with Chinese directors, but has yet to shoot in the country. The actress is currently shooting Jackie, a biopic about former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, directed by Pablo Larrain.
The Beijing International Film Festival is set to run April 16-23. The event revealed Tuesday that Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore will also attend. Additional announcements are expected in the coming weeks.
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