Feng Xiaogang has been revealed as one of the creators to be featured in the International Rome Film Festival where his work Yi Wu Si Er will be featured alongside many other international masterpieces this November 17th. The film comes as one of the now traditional “surprise films” that have featured in past festivals.
Feng Xiaogang’s Yi Wu Si Er (Back to 1942), a story of a devastating famine that struck the country 70 years ago, is the first of two surprise films that will screen in competition at the upcoming International Rome Film Festival, organizers said Monday.
First-year Rome artistic director Marco Mueller said the names of the final two films in the festival’s 15-film international competition were being withheld until the final days before the festival opens in order to escape the reach of censors in the films’ home countries. The second surprise film will be announced later this week, organizers said.
The 54-year-old Feng is one of the talents behind some of China’s biggest blockbusters, and was the first Chinese filmmaker to gross more than 1 billion yuan (around $150 million) in domestic box office receipts.
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