Chinese Indie and Indian Films Dominate Pingyao Festival Lineup

Variety | 9/16/2019 | Rebecca Davis
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Chinese indie and Indian films dominate the lineup of the Pingyao International Film Festival. The main selection for the festival’s third edition will include 28 world premieres, organizers revealed on Monday. The event will screen 52 films from 26 countries and territories, with all of them having their China debut.

The opening film is set as the world premiere of Indian director Tushar Hiranandani’s biographical film “Bull’s Eye.” It tells the story of two real-life female sharpshooters from the same village who learned to shoot late in life, but went on to achieve national fame. The women now in their 80s.

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Chinese films that will have their world premieres at the festival include: “Summer is the Coldest Season” by Zhou Sun; “Wisdom Tooth” by Liang Ming; “Single Cycle” by Zhang Qi; “Blood Daisy” by Xu Xiangyun; “An Insignificant Affair” by Ning Yuanyuan; “A Trophy on the Sea” by Ju Anqi; “Wild Swords” by Li Yunbo; and “Brick” by Ding Wenjian.

Other highlights include the Asian premiere of “Wet Season,” the second feature from Singapore’s Anthony Chen, who won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for his debut film “Ilo Ilo” in 2013, the China premiere of Australian director Shannon Murphy’s “Babyteeth” — fresh off its fight for the Golden Lion at Venice earlier this month and set to get a gala treatment in Pingyao.

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A number of Cannes titles are set to make an appearance. Mati Diop’s “Atlantics,” which competed for the Palme d’Or in May, will have its China debut in Pingyao, as well the Taiwanese #MeToo-inspired drama “Nina Wu,” which screened in Un Certain Regard, where Quentin Tarantino made a point of checking it out.

Unusually, actor Zu Feng’s directorial debut “Summer of Changsha” is also set to have its Asian premiere at the festival, an indication that perhaps the film and its creative...
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