Anushka's NH 10 at Beijing International Film Fest, Luc Besson to head jury

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 14:13 IST

Anushka Sharma's NH10 will screen at the 5th Beijing International Film Festival, opening on April 16. The movie will not be part of the main competition, but play in one of the other sections.

NH10, helmed by Navdeep Singh, has Sharma essaying a modern girl whose holiday with her husband, Arjun (Neil Boopalam), goes horribly wrong when he in a mindless ego trip, pursues a gang of Khaap murderers into a desolate jungle. Despite being armed with a revolver, the couple get so jittery that they let the ruffians get an upper hand with tragic consequences. A woman centric film that sees Sharma -- in the end -- grappling with the ruthless men.

The Festival will have 15 movies in Competition, and the winners of the Tiantan Awards will be decided by a panel, headed by the celebrated French director, Luc Besson. Other members of the jury will include such eminent members as Russian actor, director and producer Fedor Bondarchuk; Hong Kong helmer and producer Peter Chan; American screenwriter and filmmaker Robert Mark Kamen; South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk; Brazilian producer, director, and screenwriter Fernando Meirelles; and Chinese actress Zhou Xun.

Besson is well known not just in Europe and America, but also in China. His 1994 classic, Leon: The Professional, was a huge hit in China, and his 2014 work, Lucy, made a whopping USD 44 million at the country's boxoffice. Six Besson masterpieces will be shown at the Festival as a tribute to him.

About 930 movies from 90 countries -- including 122 from China -- were in the race for selection in the Competition section. Fifteen made it to the final list, and several of these will be world premieres.

The new head of the Festival, Marco Mueller, has always been renowned for filling up a festival with premieres. During the eight years he headed the Venice Film Festival, there were some years towards the close of his tenure when just about every movie was a premiere. Later, he had a three-year stint as Director of the Rome International Film Festival, before stepping into Beijing, and knowing his passion (he speaks fluent Mandarin) and energy, a young Festival like Beijing is bound to benefit.

China has one more important movie festival at Shanghai.

The Beijing International Film Festival runs till April 23.

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