Chinese distributor Beijing PolybonaFilm Distribution has issued an open letter accusing the local distributors of Curse Of The Golden Flower ofmonopolising
The company claims that analleged exclusive screening agreement to screen Golden Flower for one month has blocked other domestic films frombeing released on the country's 200 digital screens. One of the films affectedis
"Golden Flower has broken the principle of fair competition and has monopolisedthe market," said Polybona CEO Yu Dong in the open letter.
Cinema owners in
Responding to Polybona'sallegation, Golden Flower distributorBeijing New Picture Films denied the existence of the exclusive screeningagreement.
"It is a common and normalcontract between distributors and the cinemas. If the digital cinemas choose toscreen only Golden Flower, it is thechoice of the market," Yang Yang, promotion director of Beijing New PictureFilms, told local media.
China Film Digital CinemaCircuit also denied the existence of the agreement. "We have never signed anexclusive agreement with the distributor of GoldenFlower and we have no comment on the dispute between the two distributioncompanies," deputy general manager Jiang Defu told Screendaily.
"Golden Flower is a domestic film [therefore meets
As a result of Golden Flower's month-long digital run,Jia Zhangke's Venice-winning Still Life,which opened on Dec 7, is also blocked from digital release.
Meanwhile, the Chinese filmauthorities have not authorised the release of any