I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir
ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.
Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num
ber of animated films including Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart
of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo
sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.
In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix
and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla
ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.
ve been nominated for a Tiantan Award-actor-director Chen Jianbin’s new comedy drama The Eleventh Chapter, and the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth.
After drawing in box-office receipts totaling a whopping 4.6 billio
n yuan ($685 million)-or 24 percent of Chinese box-office takings during the first qua
rter-The Wandering Earth is now regarded as a game-changer for its role in reviving the fortunes of the Chinese sci-fi genre.
As the longest film among all the nominated movies, Turkish master
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 188-minute The Wild Pear Tree will be screened for the first time in Chi
na. A Fortunate Man, the latest directorial epic by Danish auteur Bille August, is also a highly anticipated entry.
The other nominated films are Another World (Japan), Ben is Back (United States), Happ
ier Times, Grump (Finland), Here (Iran), Sunset (Hungary, France), Tehran: City of Love (Britain, Iran
and the Netherlands), The Keeper (Germany, Britain), The Unorthodox (Israel), Fear (India), and The Waiter (Greece).
The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has led major
financial companies in London to move assets and staff to continental Europe, mea
ning the post-Brexit landscape is likely to be far more “polycentric” than it is today
and far less centered on one location.
According to a recent report by think tank The New Financial, more than 40 companies have shifted staff or oper
ations to more than one financial center within the EU, with 100 choosing the
Irish capital as a post-Brexit location, whi
ch was the most popular choice ahead of Luxembourg, with 60, Paris with 41, Frankfurt with 40, and Amsterdam with 32.
William Wright, principal author of the
New Financial Brexitometer report, said: “One of the most strikin
g findings of our analysis is the extent to which Europe will become a much more
‘multipolar’ world as a result of Brexit.”
Companies are migrating to, or expanding in, multiple financial centers, with man
y either establishing a dedicated division for EU business or spreading their staff
more evenly throughout the EU.
and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.”
He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t
ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br
anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair.
“It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add
ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale.
Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table to the China Impo
rt and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in 2016, catching the attention of several merchants who offered to buy the set.
Zhang was not willing to sell just yet as the set were just sam
ples. The fair strengthened his confidence however, which has continued to pay off.