September 20, 2021

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China outing of Lu Yer’s ‘Saturday Fiction’, two years late

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Lu Yee’s shocking 2019 film “Saturday Fiction” will take the Chinese writer on a theatrical tour almost two years after its planned high-profile premiere was abruptly canceled.

After a long time in the dark, the black-and-white drama will return to the official limelight as the winning film of Beijing International. Film festival on September 10, then Chinese theaters on October 15. Its star, the iconic Gong Lee (“Red Sorghum,” “Mulan”), is the chairman of this year’s festival’s top Tiantan International Jury Award.

“Saturday Film” originally debuted in Venice in 2019 and was soon to premiere in China as the inaugural film of the country’s highly politically government-run Golden Roster Film Festival. It jumped out of the line-up the night before without warning due to unspecified “internal production problems” and was replaced by a low-budget documentary about the reputable bamboo flute.

The ominous departure from the Golden Roster has created “Saturday Fiction” the fifth Chinese film to have a last-minute hassle at the 2019 festival. Nonetheless, the movie actually went through censorship and received a “dragon seal” of its approval and was scheduled for release in Chinese theaters in early December, although that journey was quietly canceled.

While it’s not clear if Ye has made any changes or alterations to the film, it’s clear that the film has returned to official favor. Gang’s role may have encouraged this: Beijing International. The film festival will showcase a special background to his other ten works, including “The Story of Q-Xu (1992)” and “Leap (2020).”

Meanwhile, the festival will begin this year with the coin-directed Chen Kaige of the politically correct Korean war film “The Battle at Lake Changjin”, starring Dante Lam and Sui Hark and starring top box office drawers Wu Jing and Jackson E.

The Beijing International Film Festival is usually held in late April, but due to the Covid-1 conditions this year was postponed to mid-August and then to the end of September. It will now be held as a private event on September 21-2 at more than 0 venues in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, with opening and closing ceremonies on the northeastern outskirts of the capital. Due to the ongoing epidemic, theaters are currently operating at 75% capacity.

The lineup consists of an eclectic collection of approximately Chinese00 Chinese and international films. They included foreign films previously released in China in the “Recovered Classics” category, including “Burton Fink”, “Mulholland Drive”, “The Godfather Coda” and “The Social Network”. There will be a preview of the work of Krzysztof Kieslowski and Charlie Chaplin, as well as an IMAX screening of three “Star Trek” reboot movies. Other notable films include Raisuk Hamaguchi’s “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize and “In the Heights” in Berlin earlier this year.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party with a wide selection of patriotic films and a short selection of winter-themed films for the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Gang will preside over a jury that includes Nadine Labaki, Renee Harlin, Taiwanese director Leste Chen, Chinese Helmer Warshan and actors Chen Kun and Zhang Sangwein.

Tiantan Award Nominees:

“All About My Mother” (China), Director: Zhao Tianu
“Any Day Now” (Finland), Director: Hami Ramadan
“Farewell Morning” (Japan), Dir: Izuru Narushima
“A School in Cerro Huso” (Argentina), Director: Betania Cappato
“Diary of a Siege” (Russia), Dir: Andrei Zaytsev
“Before the Next Spring” (China), Director: Lee General
“Beyond the Skies” (China), Dior: Liu Zhaihai
“Caged Birds” (Switzerland, Germany), Dir: Oliver Rehs
“Conference” (Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy), Dir: Ivan I.
“The Last Film Show” (India, France), Director: Pan Nalin
“Moon Rock for Monday” (Australia), Director: Kurt Martin
“Night of the Kings” (France, Ivory Coast, Canada, Senegal), Director: Philip Lacot
“No Rest for the Old Lady” (Romania), Director: Andrei Grujsniki
“Slalom” (France, Belgium), Dir: Charlene Favier
“The Pact” (Denmark), Director: Billy August

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