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China Approves Keira Knightley’s ‘Begin Again’ for Release in 2014

The Chinese government has approved Keira Knightley’s “Begin Again” for release in that market later this year.

Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co. made the announcement Tuesday.

The comedy-drama, directed by John Carney, premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival under the title “Can a Song Save Your Life?” and was acquired by The Weinstein Co. The movie stars Knightley as a singer-songwriter discovered by a down on his luck record executive, played by Mark Ruffalo, who then produces an album recorded in public locations around New York City.

Begin Again” grossed $16 million domestically and another $47 million internationally including Korea, where it has now become the highest grossing English language independent film of all time.

The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine in his first movie role.

Ivanhoe Pictures is committed to finding quality films from around the world to acquire for Chinese audiences,” said Ivanhoe CEO John Penotti. “Building on the momentum of the film’s win for Best Music at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, we could not be more thrilled to now bring ‘Begin Again’ to the general public in China.  Its universal themes and stirring music can be appreciated across every culture.”

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

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