TOP STORIES: Gatsby in China, Chinese Winner, Crackdown on Indies, Stalingrad Debuts

on September 06, 2013

In its opening weekend in China, The Great Gatsby had a rather reasonable start, grossing US$4.42 million. Leading the box office over the weekend was Jurassic Park 3D at US$17 million (in its second weekend). Also in the piece: the success of American films in China despite limits, China's adjustment to a glitzy world in The Great Gatsby, and Baz Luhrmann's wish to film in China. [Brisbane Times]

Yang Yazhou's Feed Me won an Innovation Award at the Montréal World Film Festival. [Film Business Asia]

In a crackdown on independent filmmaking, Chinese authorities have disrupted an independent film school, shut down two film festivals, and harassed organizers of a third festival. "They just want us to make films about food, clothes, [and] entertainment," said Yang Lina, an independent documentary maker. [Epoch Times]

Stalingrad is the first Russian-made feature film to get wide release in China. From now on, at least one Russian film per year will see wide release in China. [RIA Novosti]

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