China Grows As Global Film Power

Originally posted on Variety:

HONG KONG – The Golden Bear victory by Chinese thriller “Black Coal, Thin Ice” has sparked new claims that China is growing as a film power. But it may be the case that Chinese box office gold counts for more than festival silverware.

At a news conference on Saturday after “Black Coal” was awarded the top prize in Berlin and its leading man Liao Fan took the Silver Bear for best actor, director Diao Yinan claimed Chinese films are becoming more popular globally.

“Chinese films are getting more and more popular, and it is a fact. We got this feeling when attending the film festivals. The enthusiasm for Chinese films among foreign audiences is beyond what we imagined. Film is a universal language, and everyone here cares about you like your family. It goes beyond national boundaries and races, so as long as you make a good film, they all…

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