0848 GMT September 24, 2019
The jury president of the international panel will be Rob Minkoff, director of ‘The Lion King.’ The remaining jurors are Chilean director Silvio Gayoqi, Chinese director Cao Baoping, Russian director Sergei De Wattsvoy, Chinese actress Carina Lau, and British director Simon West, ISNA reported.
Hadi Mohaqeq’s ‘Here’ from Iran, and ‘Tehran: City of Love,’ by Ali Jaberansari, a joint production of the UK, Iran, the Netherlands will be screened at the main section of the festival.
The 15 films will vie for 10 award categories: Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Visual Effects.
‘The Composer,’ a China-Kazakhstan co-production, will serve as the opening film, telling the legend of Chinese musician Xian Xinghai who came to Almaty during the Great Patriotic War of the former Soviet Union. As a stranger in the land suffering from poverty and illness, he was rescued and supported by the famous Kazakh musician Bakhitzhan Baikadamov and his family. To the end of Xian’s life, he never forgot his original passion despite hardship. He inspired the Chinese and Kazakh people to fight against fascism with his music.
The closing film of the festival is ascertained to be ‘Zero,’ an Indian Hindi-language romantic drama directed by Aanand L. Rai and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. In this year’s film festival, Indian films are a highlight, with eight films from the country to be screened during the festival in the Beyond Bollywood section under the Beijing Film Panorama segment of the festival.
With 500 domestic and foreign films screened across 30 theaters, 58 screens and 15 days, the Beijing Film Panorama will once again feature many films that are rarely seen or imported into China on the big screen, from restored versions of old classics like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Schindler’s List,’ and ‘Red Sorghum,’ to the more recent ‘Hotel Mumbai.’
The festival will be held in Beijing from April 11 to 20.