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CHINA NEEDS A BETTER FILM FEST, SAYS VENICE FILM FEST CHIEF

September 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

China may boast about its emergence as the world’s second-largest movie market (behind the U.S.), but it doesn’t have a decent film festival, the head of the Venice Film Festival — the granddaddy of them all — has told China’s Xinhua news service. "China deserves better international film festivals," festival director Alberto Barbera said in the interview. He also suggested that China deserves better films. "The only thing that needs to be improved for the Chinese cinema is the fact that they now mostly producing films that are devoted to local market." He advised Chinese filmmakers to "focus on the quality of films on the first hand, since that is crucial for holding good film festivals." In fact, three Chinese films were included in this year’s Venice Film Festival, which closed on Saturday, including Wag Xiaoshauai’s critically praised thriller Red Amnesia. Barbera made no mention of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, which was shut down by Chinese authorities last month without explanation.