Visual feast ahead
By Xu Fan (China Daily)
Operation Mekong is among the 15 nominated movies that will vie for the 10 Tiantan Awards during the upcoming Seventh Beijing International Film Festival. [Photo/China Daily]
Mr No Problem, however, has not been released for general viewing, but it has already impressed Chinese filmmakers after it took home two awards at Taiwan's 53rd Golden Horse Film Festival.
Most of the other 13 nominated movies are from Europe-A Kid from France; House of Others, co-produced by Georgia, Russia, Spain and Croatia; and Tiger Theory, made by the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
The seven-member international jury, led by Danish cinematic master Bille August, includes Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung, award-winning actress Jiang Wenli, American director Rob Minkoff and French actor Jean Reno.
August, who has two Golden Palm awards from Cannes and an Oscar for best foreign language film, has been working with Chinese studios on a World War II epic, Chinese Widow, since 2015.
The jury will arrive in Beijing on April 14 to watch the nominated movies, says Li Ran, head of the festival's prize-selection department.
She adds that the shortlist and the jury were chosen carefully to give the "young" Beijing festival more heft globally.
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