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Mk2 to showcase Asian films to French audiences (exclusive)

A retrospective of award-winning Chinese films will be screened at Pingyao International Film Festival (Pyiff).

France’s mk2 is planning a retrospective of award-winning Chinese films screened at previous editions of the Pingyao International Film Festival (Pyiff), which will run in its Paris mk2 Bibliotheque in June.

The programme includes Bai Xue’s The Crossing, which won best film and best actress in the Fei Mu Awards at last year’s Pyiff, as well as Huo Meng’s Crossing The Border, which won best director, best actor and the Youth Jury award.

Where Has Time Gone, an omnibus film from
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Interview with director Bai Xue: It’s really not easy to make a film

Young Chinese filmmaker Bai Xue is definitely a talent to follow. She amazed audiences and critics worldwide with her first feature, “The Crossing”.The director was born in China and studied at the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. After working on the scenario for “The Crossing”, she won a competition organized by Wanda Pictures. The latest wanted to promote new incomers. Since its completion, the movie has been around film festivals, winning recognition both nationally and internationally.

Asian Movie Pulse met her in Udine, where she was presenting her movie at the Far East Film Festival.

What was your experience growing up in South China and what was your relationship to Hong Kong while growing up?

When I was six, I went to live in Shenzhen with my parents. Then, at 18, I went to the Beijing Film Academy, where I graduated. I am a little bit familiar with Hong Kong but
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Film review: The Crossing (2019) by Bai Xue

Directorial debut of filmmaker Bai Xu, “The Crossing” deserves the various awards it earned and the many positive reviews it received. The movie continues its way around festivals worldwide, and is now coming to the Far East Film Festival.

The Crossing” is screening at the Udine Far East Film Festival

The movie follows Peipei. She is a 16 years-old high-school student, living in China but commuting to Hong Kong every day,where her school is. Peipei comes from a seemingly unstable household, and from an unprivileged background. She is best friend with Jo, her well-off classmate. They both dream and plan on going to an onsen, Japanese hot spring, in the winter. Jo starts dating Hao. That’s when things begin to get complicated. The teenager gets involved in Hao’s side-job and starts smuggling iPhone to mainland China. If she does it to gather enough money for her Japanese trip in the first place,
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Spotlight on South and Southeast Asia at the 9th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

Film programs include one of the first lesbian Bollywood films (“Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”), a film with the backdrop of 80’s Saigon and its Vietnamese folk opera (“Song Lang”) and an Indonesian culinary journey through film (“Aruna and her Palate”)

The special series “From The Claws of Darkness: Restoring Philippine Cinema” brings the second golden age of Philippine film to the big screen for audiences to enjoy once again, including “Moral,” “Himala,” and “Batch ‘81”and “Manila In The Claws of Light

San Diego, California – March 26, 2019 – The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (Sdaff) Spring Showcase, presented by Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) will be taking place on April 11-18 at the UltraStar Mission Valley. This year, a majority of the showcased films highlight South Asian and Southeast Asian stories.

There will also be a special collection of milestone Filipino films shown as a part of the
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Film Review: The Crossing (2019) by Bai Xue

Directorial debut of filmmaker Bai Xue and awards-winner movie, “The Crossing” is coming to the United Kingdom. More info on https://www.thecrossingfilm.co.uk/

The movie follows Peipei. She is a 16 years-old high-school student, living in China but commuting to Hong Kong every day,where her school is. Peipei comes from a seemingly unstable household, and from an unprivileged background. She is best friend with Jo, her well-off classmate. They both dream and plan on going to an onsen, Japanese hot spring, in the winter. Jo starts dating Hao. That’s when things begin to get complicated. The teenager gets involved in Hao’s side-job and starts smuggling iPhone to mainland China. If she does it to gather enough money for her Japanese trip in the first place, the film unfolds more complex and subtle reasons.

Indeed, Peipei involvement in illegal activities is not just linked to her desire
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Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow

Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow
Captain Marvel remains top with £3.5m weekend.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.32

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Mar 22-25) Total gross to date Week 1 Captain Marvel (Disney) £3.4m £29.5m 3 2 Us (Universal) £2.8m £2.8m 1 3 Fisherman’s Friends (Entertainment) £972,836 £3.4m 2 4 What Men Want (Paramount) £513,000 £1.9m 2 5 Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate) £387,779 £5.5m 4 Disney

Captain Marvel stayed top of the tree this weekend. The film dropped 49% in its third outing, adding £3.4m for £29.5m cume.

The film is now set to pass the lifetime gross of Thor: Ragnarok (£29.6m) and has its sights set on Spider-Man 3 (£33.6m) and Iron Man 3 (£37m).

Elsewhere for Disney,
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The Crossing review – Bai Xue's slowburn gem delivers the goods

This feature debut about a schoolgirl coerced into small-time smuggling is all the more powerful for shunning high drama

With this elegantly elliptical arthouse movie, Bai Xue announces herself as a cool, confident observer of a new generation of Chinese youth. There are echoes of Sofia Coppola in Bai’s directing debut, a coming-of-age story inspired by real-life criminal gangs in Hong Kong who recruit schoolkids to smuggle mobile phones into mainland China. It’s a wisp of film that never quite gathers speed or force but it gets under your skin, capturing the impulsiveness and impatience of teenagers. Others may find it a little flat or frustrating.

Huang Yao is shy 16-year-old Peipei, who’s frantically saving up for a holiday in Japan with her rich best friend Jo (Carmen Soup). Peipei commutes daily between her home in the Chinese city Shenzhen and school in Hong Kong. To make
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The Winners of the 2019 Osaka Asian Film Festival Announced

The 2019 Osaka Asian Film Festival have announced the winners of the various categories at the festival. Here they are:

Grand Prix (Best Picture Award)-Maggie (Yi Ok-seop)

Most Promising Talent Award-Bai Xue

Special Mention-Han Ka-ram

Special Mention-Bulbul Can Sing

ABC Award-Aruna and Her Palate

Yakushi Pearl Award-Nilmini Sigera

Japan Cuts Award-Demolition Award

Japan Cuts Award Special Mention-Whole

Housen Short Film Award-Till Next Time

Housen Short Film Award Special Mention-2923

Audience Award-Still Human
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Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' knocks 'Captain Marvel' off the top of the China box office

Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' knocks 'Captain Marvel' off the top of the China box office
The film’s Chinese title literally means ’A Story Sadder Than Sadness’.

Taiwanese romantic drama More Than Blue knocked Captain Marvel off the top spot at the Chinese box office in the seven-day period of March 11 -17 .

With a Chinese title which literally means ‘A Story Sadder Than Sadness’ the melodrama about a terminally ill man who hides his conditon from his girlfriend has grossed $47.3m since opening on Thursday March 14. It is is expected to surpass 2015’s Our Times to become the biggest Taiwanese film in China of all time.

More Than Blue is Singapore-based mm2’s first wide release in China.
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Filmart: Wanda's Festival Favorite 'The Crossing' Sells to North America (Exclusive)

Filmart: Wanda's Festival Favorite 'The Crossing' Sells to North America (Exclusive)
Chinese drama The Crossing, the acclaimed directorial debut of young female filmmaker Bai Xue, has been picked up for a theatrical release in North America and a slew of other international territories.

Produced by Wanda Pictures, The Crossing premiered to positive reviews at last year's Toronto Film Festival. The film follows a shy Chinese high school student (Huang Yao) who gets recruited to smuggle goods across the border between southern China and Hong Kong. The girl accepts the job with innocent dreams of saving enough money to fly with her friends to Japan, but her new line of work soon becomes ...
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Film review: The Crossing by Bai Xue

It has been more than two decades since Hong Kong has rejoined the People’s Republic of China, while maintaining its own political system, autonomy, currency and, generally speaking, way of life. The neighbouring Guangdong province has seen a huge economic developed since then, but another phenomenon is on the rise. There is a large number of people who commute on daily basis and therefore have double identity of sorts. That topic needs to be addressed also in cinema and the mainland Chinese first-time filmmaker Bai Xue does it in a stunning fashion and with a lot of style in her feature debut “The Crossing” (“Guo Chun Tian” in original).

The film premiered at the last year’s edition of Tiff to a warm critical reception and was shown on home turf at Pingyao International Film Festival, where it scooped a couple of awards before heading to its European premiere at Generation 14plus sidebar of Berlinale.
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Berlinale 2019. Lineup

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Ghost Town AnthologyThe titles for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival are being announced in anticipation of the event running February 7-17, 2019. We will update the program as new films are revealed.COMPETITIONThe Ground Beneath My FeetThe Golden Glove (Faith Akin, Germany/France)By the Grace of GodThe Kindness of StrangersI Was at Home, but A Tale of Three SistersGhost Town Anthology (Denis Côté, Canada)Berlinale SPECIALGully Boy (Zoya Akhtar, India)BrechtWatergate (Charles Ferguson, USA)Panorama 201937 Seconds (Hikari (Mitsuyo Miyazaki), Japan)Dafne (Federico Bondi, Italy)The Day After I'm Gone (Nimrod Eldar, Israel)A Dog Called Money (Seamus Murphy, Ireland/UK)Waiting for the CarnivalChainedFlatland (Jenna Bass, South Africa/Germany/Luxembourg)Greta (Armando Praça, Brazil)Hellhole (Bas Devos, Belgium/Netherlands)Jessica Forever (Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel, France)AcidMid90s (Jonah Hill, USA) Family MembersMonos (Alejandro Landes, Columbia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Denmark/Sweden/Uruguay) O Beautiful Night (Xaver Böhm,
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Berlin Film Festival: First Generation Section Films Unveiled

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Berlin Film Festival: First Generation Section Films Unveiled
The first films in the Generation section at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival have been unveiled. The 16 movies will play in the Kplus and 14plus competition at the Berlinale, with organizers highlighting the recurring theme of young people looking for meaning in an uncertain world, and the number of female-centric stories that will be told.

“These are brave films from courageous filmmakers, with their fingers on the pulse of the time and an acute feel for the social, cultural and political developments of our present moment,” said section head Maryanne Redpath.

An initial eight films were announced for 14plus, with projects hailing from China, India, South Korea and the U.S. They will all have their European or world premieres in Berlin. The lineup includes “Stupid Young Heart” from Oscar-nominated director Selma Vilhunen and “Goldie” from Sam de Jong, whose “Prins” was the opening film for Generation 14plus in 2015.

The Generation
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Berlin Film Festival announces first Generation titles for 2019

Berlin Film Festival announces first Generation titles for 2019
Seven world premieres amongst 16 films.

The first 16 titles from the 2019 Berlin Film Festival (Feb 7-17) Generation section have been revealed.

For the 42nd edition of the Generation strand, there are eight films for Generation 14plus and eight for Generation Kplus so far.

Titles in the former include the European premiere of Stupid Young Heart from Finland’s Selma Vilhunen, who was nominated for the best live action short Oscar for Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything? in 2014.

There will also be a European premiere of Bulbul Can Sing from Indian director Rima Das. Das’ previous film Village Rockstars
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Pingyao International Film Festival unveils line-up for second edition

Pingyao International Film Festival unveils line-up for second edition
Festival will open with omnibus film Half The Sky from five female directors.

Mohamed Ben Attia’s Dear Son (pictured), Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined and The Man Who Surprised Everyone, from Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, are among the films selected for the Crouching Tigers section of this year’s Pingyao International Film Festival (Pyifff).

The section, dedicated to debut or second features from new talents, will also screen the world premiere of Hotel Imperio, from Portuguese director Ivo Ferreira (see full line-up below).

Meanwhile, the festival’s Hidden Dragons section, dedicated to “imaginative and original genre
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Toronto: Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

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Below you will find an index of our coverage from the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) in 2018, as well as our favorite films.Top Picksdaniel KASMANFeatures:1. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (Roberto Minervini)2. High Life (Claire Denis)3. Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman)4. Green Book (Peter Farrelly)5. aKasha (hajooj kuka)6. Rojo (Benjamin Naishtat)7. Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)8. Belmonte (Federico Veiroj)9. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)10. Hidden Man (Jiang Wen)Shorts:1. Blue (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)2. Arena (Björn Kämmerer)3. Polly One (Kevin Jerome Everson)4. Colophon (Nathaniel Dorsky)5. Please step out of the frame. (Karissa Hahn)6. Wall Unwalled (Lawrence Abu Hamdan)7. Ada Kaleh (Helena Wittmann)8. Alitplano (Malena Szlam)9. Norman Norman (Sophy Romvari)10. Hoarders without Borders, 1.0 (Jodie Mack)Kelley DONG1. "I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians" (Radu Jude)2. High Life (Claire Denis)3. Our Time (Carlos Reygadas)4. Our Body (Han Ka-Ram)5. A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper
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Toronto: Three Tiff Highlights

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The Peterloo Massacre of 1819, in which British magistrates sent cavalry with drawn swords into a political gathering of Manchester civilians, is an event not likely to be recollected in tranquility; and Mike Leigh’s Peterloo (2018) goes full agit-prop, with apoplectic hanging judges, heartless aristocrats, mercenaries advocating “violence, hatred, destruction,” and local governors declaring “We must be brutal!” On top of the mustache-twirling, Leigh coarsens his storytelling to remove ambiguity: character is conveyed via TV-style shorthand; sympathetic characters foreshadow the coming catastrophe; the historical context is signposted in the dialogue. And yet the film is still deeply impressive, with more evidence of Leigh’s greatness than any of his films since Vera Drake (2004). Despite his reputation for kitchen-sink naturalism, Leigh has always favored exaggerated acting that isolates and intensifies character traits, and this stylization, coupled with his intelligence about social behavior, blows away the obstacles of historical adaptation as if they didn’t exist.
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'Green Book' boosts awards season prospects with Tiff audience award win

'Green Book' boosts awards season prospects with Tiff audience award win
India’s The Man Who Feels No Pain wins Midnight Madness award.

The period drama Green Book from Peter Farrelly has won the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) 2019 Grolsch People’s Choice Award and bolstered its awards season prospects given Tiff’s recent track record.

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in the tale of an Italian-American bouncer who drives an African-American jazz pianist on a 1960s concert tour of the South. Participant Media produced and financed Green Book through its joint venture with Amblin/Dreamworks, and Universal will release the film in the Us on November 21.

The Tiff audience
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