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Taviani Brothers’ ‘Wondrous Boccaccio’ To Open Beijing Festival

The Taviani brothers’ film “Wondrous Boccaccio,” a re-imaging of the Italian literary masterpiece “The Decameron” has been set as the opening night film of the Beijing International Film festival.

The festival runs April 16 – 23, 2015, which means that Beijing will give the film its international premiere ahead of Tribeca, where it is set to unspool on April 20. “Boccaccio” had its world premiere in Italy in February.

The selection of the celebrated Italian auteurs’ work immediately carries the imprint of Marco Mueller, who was appointed as the Beijing festival’s general advisor in February.

Three other gala presentations include Indian director Navdeep Singh’s “NH10,” Russian director Roman Prygunov’s “Downshifter,” and Dutch director Roel Reine’s “The Admiral.”

The festival’s 15-strong competition selection includes a more contemporary and wider range of titles than the four previous editions of the festival have enjoyed.

The competition line-up includes U.S. director Michael Almereyda’s “Experimenter,” Japanese iconoclast Sono Sion’s “Love & Peace,” and Italian director Michele Placido’s “La Scelta.”

The competition also finds room for two of the biggest Chinese films of recent months, the Jean-Jacques Annaud-directed “Wolf Totem” and “Tsui Hark’s “The Taking of Tiger Mountain,” both of which exceeded $100 million at the mainland Chinese box office.

“This line-up reflects the goals and commitments of BJIFF, to screen and celebrate world and international premieres of diverse, cutting edge international cinema,” said Mueller in a prepared statement. “We are happy that in 40 days we have confirmed the strategic importance of BJIFF by raising the international awareness for the festival: directors, producers and director responded enthusiastically by sending their brand new films to the festival”.

The 15 competition films are eligible for ten Tiantan awards, 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.

Tiantan Awards Competition Line-up
“A White, White Night” (Russia) dir. Ramil Salakhutdinov
“Battle For Sevastopol” (Russia/Ukraine) dir. Sergey Mokritsky
“Children” (aka “Deti”) (Slovakia/Czech Republic) dir. Jaro Vojtek
“The Silence Of Rio” (Columbia) dir. Carlos Tribino Mamby
“Experimenter” (U.S.) dir. Michael Almereyda
“Fig Fruit And The Wasps” (India) dir. M S Prakash Babu
“Gruber Geht” (Austria) dir. Marie Kreutzer
“Impermanent” (Iran) dir. Amir Azizi
“La Scelta” (Italy) dir. Michele Placido
“Love & Peace” (Japan) dir. Sono Sion
“The Beginning Of Time” (Mexico) dir. Bernardo Arellano
“The Falling” (U.K.) dir. Carol Morley
“The Taking Of Tiger Mountain” (China-Hong Kong) dir. Tsui Hark
“The Whistleblower” (South Korea) dir. Yim Soon-rye
“Wolf Totem” (China-France) Jean-Jacques Annaud

Gala Screenings
“Wondrous Boccaccio” (aka “Maraviglioso Boccaccio” — Opening Night Film)
(Italy) dirs. Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani
“NH10” (India) Navdeep Singh
“Downshifter” (Russia) dir. Roman Prygunov
“The Admiral” (The Netherlands) dir. Roel Reine

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