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Inaugural Pingyao Festival in China Makes Last-Minute Date Switch

The Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, a new event pioneered by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and renowned festival programmer Marco Mueller, has shifted the dates of its inaugural edition.

The festival will now be held from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4 in the historic northern Chinese town of Pingyao, where a 1,500-seat open air venue is being constructed. The PYIFF was previously announced as taking place Oct. 19-26. No explanation was offered for the date switch.

Jia said the PYIFF would bring more possibilities to the creative community and be a stimulus for the Chinese film industry. He unveiled a new logo for the festival and announced that Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing would be the festival ambassador.

“PYIFF aims to be an innovative and beneficial balancing act that will introduce international filmmakers and film genres to young Chinese audiences and new Chinese films and filmmakers to the world,” said Mueller, the former head of the Venice and Rome film festivals.

A heavyweight 10-member film advisory team was unveiled. It consists of Feng Xiaogang, Johnnie To, Walter Salles, Aleksandr Sokurov, Olivier Pere, Anurag Kashyap, James Schamus, Roger Garcia, Alexander Rodnyansky and Tony Cao. Further details of the festival and lineup are likely to be announced next week.

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