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Beijing film festival opens, boosting confidence in recovery

(chinadaily.com.cn)|Updated : 2020-08-24

Director Zhang Yimou delivers a speech at the launch ceremony of the 10th Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

More than a month after China reopened domestic theaters, the 10th Beijing International Film Festival kicked off on Aug 22, attracting nearly 5,000 movies from 90 countries and regions to contend for its top honors.

Due to COVID-19 prevention and control measures, the festival canceled the opening ceremony and red carpet, usually a dazzling moment to bring stars together. Instead, it held a launch ceremony in Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center.

The festival will conclude on Aug 29 with the presentation of Tiantan Awards, its top honors, to winners ranging from best picture to actors selected by nearly 50 Chinese and foreign filmmakers.

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