|Arthouse Cinemas in China. A new opportunity|
|Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:26|
Beijing wants to be a magnet for vibrant arts. But art-house films can hardly find a place that can be called their own. MOMA Broadway Cinematheque, about 15 minutes northeast of the Dongzhimen hub, is about the only place in town where movies high on art and low on mass appeal are consistently highlighted. Jia Zhangke is determined to change that.
Jia Zhangke, a film director known for his art-house productions, plans to build cinemas for the genre to better serve the needs of art-loving youths. Provided to China Daily
A famed auteur has announced plans to dip his toes into the film industry infrastructure and should be applauded for blazing the trail.
The auteur of such seminal works as Xiao Wu and Still Life recently announced on his micro blog that he is scouting for a location to build an art-house cinema. Well, he has a grand plan to build 100 of these venues nationwide, but he is starting with one in the capital city. "I looked around the east part of town. Hope to better serve the needs of art-loving youths," he tweeted on March 11.
Specifically, Jia's movie house will have 100 seats and he won't have the pressure of paying rent and can show whatever he wants because he will own it. Other filmmakers like He Ping and Wang Xiaoshuai chimed in and wished him luck.