The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) has unveiled the 15 competition titles and four gala premiees that will screen at this year’s edition (April 16-23), including opening film Maraviglioso Boccaccio, directed by Italian auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.
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The Tiantan competition section include two Chinese titles – Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s China-France co-production Wolf Totem – along with films from 13 different countries that will screen as a world or international premiere at the festival.
The line-up includes Italian director Michele Placido’s La Scelta, German director Marie Kreutzer’s second feature Gruber Geht, Japanese director Sono Sion’s Love & Peace, US filmmaker Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter and Indian director M S Prakash Babu’s Fig Fruit And The Wasps (see full list below).
The four gala screenings – also world, international or Asian premieres – also include Navdeep Singh’s NH10, starring Anushka Sharma, Downshifter from Russian director Roman Prygunov and The Admiral from Dutch auteur Roel Reiné.
The selection committee made their choices based on a pre-selection of foreign titles proposed by BJIFF general advisor Marco Müller, along with his team of consultants, coordinated by Chen Zhi-heng.
“This line-up reflects the goals and commitments of BJIFF, to screen and celebrate world and international premieres of diverse, cutting-edge international cinema,” said Muller.
“We are happy that in 40 days we have confirmed the strategic importance of BJIFF by raising the international awareness for the festival: directors and producers responded enthusiastically by sending their brand new films to the festival.”
The Tiantan competition films, which are are eligible for awards in ten categories, were selected from close to 1,000 submissions from over 90 countries. The competition and gala films will screen in the newly refurbished Oriental Theatre, hosted by the BJIFF Organising Committee, with filmmakers and cast in attendance to present their films.
BJIFF 2015 Tiantan Awards Line-up:
A White, White Night (Russia), Ramil Salakhutdinov
Battle For Sevastopol (Russia/Ukraine), Sergey Mokritsky
Children (Slovakia/Czech Republic), Jaro Vojtek
The Silence Of Rio (Columbia), Carlos Tribiño Mamby
Experimenter (US), Michael Almereyda
Fig Fruit And The Wasps (India), M S Prakash Babu
Gruber Geht (Austria), Marie Kreutzer
Impermanent (Iran), Amir Azizi
La Scelta (Italy), Michele Placido
Love & Peace (Japan), Sono Sion
The Beginning Of Time (Mexico), Bernardo Arellano
The Falling (UK), Carol Morley
The Taking Of Tiger Mountain (China), Tsui Hark
The Whistleblower (South Korea), Soonrye Yim
Wolf Totem (China/France), Jean-Jacques Annaud