Chinese Police Shut Down 11th Beijing Film Festival

0
0

The 11th Beijing Film Festival has been shut down before even opening by Chinese authorities. The authorities reportedly seized documents and films, as well as detaining two of the event's organisers prior to the event's opening on Saturday 23rd August, 2014. This is apparently not the first time that the festival has suffered since its start in 2006, with police obstruction common. This year, however, it was far worse stated Wang Hongwei to Fox News.

Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore at the Maps to the Stars Cannes premiere, 2014
Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore are set to appear at the Toronto Film Festival in September

Hongwei, the Beijing Film Festival's artistic director was detained alongside Li Xianting, a film critic and organiser of the festival. Xianting reported that 10 years' worth of work was confiscated by the police in this strengthening of idealistic control. In 2012, power was cut to the festival, although the organisers persisted and some films were still screened.

More: Cannes Film Festival 2014: Our Top Five Palme d'Or Winner Predictions

"In the past few years, when they forced us to cancel the festival, we just moved it to other places, or delayed the screenings," Hongwei told Fox News. "But this year, we cannot carry on with the festival. It is completely forbidden."

Chris Berry, professor of film studies at King's College London commented: "It's very clear that the (President) Xi Jinping regime is determined to control the ideological realm, which has not been emphasized so much for a long time." He went on to say that China has been known to close down other film festivals in the past, and this is not necessarily out of the ordinary or a particularly strong blow to the Chinese independent film scene.

More: Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

Hu Jie, an independent film director from the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing disagreed, saying: "the audience for my films is already quite small, perhaps because I make documentaries that talk about history". He continued: "if one of the rare film festivals, like the Beijing Independent Film festival, is shot down, then it will be very difficult for us to survive as filmmakers."


Contactmusic

Tags:

0
0
Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

It's The Bellas Vs. The World In 'Pitch Perfect 2' [Trailer]

After raising the roof with their angelic a cappella chorus in 'Pitch Perfect'...

It's The Bellas Vs. The World In 'Pitch Perfect 2' [Trailer]

Marilyn Manson Denies Involvement in Lana Del Rey "Rape" Video

Marilyn Manson says he has nothing to do with a controversial video in which...

Marilyn Manson Denies Involvement in Lana Del Rey

mi Mandela: Idris Elba Has An Album Out, And You Need to Buy It

Idris Elba has been in the news all week, firstly for teasing the possibility of...

mi Mandela: Idris Elba Has An Album Out, And You Need to Buy It

Iggy Azalea on Eminem, "I'm Sick of Old Men Threatening Women"

Pop singer Iggy Azalea has called Eminem an "old man threatening young...

Iggy Azalea on Eminem,

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Review

This four-part franchise, based on the Suzanne Collins novels, turns very dark with this strikingly bold third film...

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review

Dying Of The Light - Trailer

Trapped in a terrorist prison and tortured, Evan Lake (Nicholas Cage) is eventually free and makes his way back to the...

Dying Of The Light Trailer

'Better Call Saul' Just Got Real. It's Coming February 8, 2015

The hugely anticipated Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul has an official...

'Better Call Saul' Just Got Real. It's Coming February 8, 2015
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All