‘Scary Mother’ Named Top Film at Beijing Festival

“Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama about a woman who chooses to follow her passion for writing, putting it ahead of her family, was named as the best picture at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film’s lead performer Nato Murvanidze w…

“Scary Mother,” a Georgian-Estonian drama about a woman who chooses to follow her passion for writing, putting it ahead of her family, was named as the best picture at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film’s lead performer Nato Murvanidze was named best actress. The Tiantan awards were presented at a spectacular closing ceremony on […]

Animation is Role Model for Chinese Co-Production, Beijing Festival is Told

Animation is tipped by leading executives as the most fertile sector for cross-border cooperation between China and overseas film industries. International co-production is a perennial discussion at every film festival in China or any market espousing a significant China connection. The Beijing International Film Festival, which kicked off on Sunday night, made co-production the theme […]

Animation is tipped by leading executives as the most fertile sector for cross-border cooperation between China and overseas film industries. International co-production is a perennial discussion at every film festival in China or any market espousing a significant China connection. The Beijing International Film Festival, which kicked off on Sunday night, made co-production the theme […]

Beijing Festival Sends out Mixed Messages

The eighth edition of the Beijing International Film Festival gets under way Sunday night. A spectacular ceremony, some 25 miles away from downtown Beijing will kick off a week of cinema-related celebrations that look little like any other major film festival. That the opening ceremony is not followed by a film screening is one indicator. […]

The eighth edition of the Beijing International Film Festival gets under way Sunday night. A spectacular ceremony, some 25 miles away from downtown Beijing will kick off a week of cinema-related celebrations that look little like any other major film festival. That the opening ceremony is not followed by a film screening is one indicator. […]

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Pulled From Beijing International Film Festival, Film Considered ‘In Deviation’ of Chinese Policy

The Oscar-winning drama has been pulled from BIFF just under a month from the festival’s kickoff.

Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-winning romance “Call Me By Your Name” has been pulled from the Beijing International Film Festival. The drama was set to screen at the event next month. Distributor Sony Pictures Classics confirmed the film’s removal from Beijing to Reuters, which points out that the decision arrives in the midst of a conservative Chinese government known to pad down LGBTQ-themed content.

“This movie is in deviation from the policy environment in China,” Beijing-based film analyst Wu Jian told Reuters about why the festival probably pulled the title. Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but the deflecting of gay content within the country is become a recurring issue. Reuters notes that an LGBTQ conference in the city of Chengdu was canceled last July, while a lesbian Chinese dating app called Rela was shut down last May.

“Call Me By Your Name” centers on the blossoming romance between two men, played by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. The film was announced as an entry at the Beijing International Film Festival on March 16. Other titles set for Beijing include “Lean on Pete” and the Palme d’Or winner “The Square.”

The 2018 Beijing International Film Festival runs April 16-23.

Beijing Film Festival Pulls ‘Call Me By Your Name’ From Lineup

Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-winning romance Call Me By Your Name has been yanked from the Beijing International Film Festival’s lineup, a source close to the movie confirmed to Deadline. No official reason has been given for the move. However, it comes amid a shift in oversight of China’s film industry to the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party’s Central Committee — and as increased control is expected to be exercised over content. Citing an unidentified source…

Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-winning romance Call Me By Your Name has been yanked from the Beijing International Film Festival’s lineup, a source close to the movie confirmed to Deadline. No official reason has been given for the move. However, it comes amid a shift in oversight of China’s film industry to the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party's Central Committee — and as increased control is expected to be exercised over content. Citing an unidentified source…

‘Deadpool’ to get China Premiere at Beijing Festival

“Deadpool,” the superhero film that China previously blocked, is to get its premiere in the Middle Kingdom next month at the Beijing International Film Festival. The 2018 edition of the festival runs April 15-22. To the disappointment of Chinese fans, who were already aware of the Fox film, the 2016 movie was not given import […]

“Deadpool,” the superhero film that China previously blocked, is to get its premiere in the Middle Kingdom next month at the Beijing International Film Festival. The 2018 edition of the festival runs April 15-22. To the disappointment of Chinese fans, who were already aware of the Fox film, the 2016 movie was not given import […]