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Updated 2017-04-13 09:00:58 China Daily
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Operation Mekong is among the 15 nominated movies that will vie for the 10 Tiantan Awards during the upcoming Seventh Beijing International Film Festival.

The upcoming Seventh Beijing International Film Festival offers around 500 films.

The Chinese capital will soon see a flood of internationally acclaimed movies and global film talent thanks to the upcoming Seventh Beijing International Film Festival from April 16 to 23.

The organizers recently released a shortlist of 15 movies, which will vie for the 10 Tiantan Awards on offer.

Hu Dong, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, says that nearly 100 scholars, industry veterans and movie critics shortlisted the nominees after five rounds of selection.

He says the 15 nominated movies were selected from 424 films-all released after Jan 1, 2016 - from 59 countries and regions.

For local movie buffs, the two nominated Chinese-language movies are Operation Mekong, inspired by China's hunt for a Myanmar drug ring that killed 13 Chinese sailors in 2011, and Mr No Problem, a satire based on Chinese literary giant Lao She's 1943 namesake novel.

Operation Mekong has received high scores on major review sites and tasted commercial success, too, topping last year's National Day holiday box-office charts.

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Operation Mekong is among the 15 nominated movies that will vie for the 10 Tiantan Awards during the upcoming Seventh Beijing International Film Festival.

Mr No Problem, however, has not been released for general viewing, but it has already impressed Chinese filmmakers after it took home two awards at Taiwan's 53rd Golden Horse Film Festival.

Most of the other 13 nominated movies are from Europe-A Kid from France; House of Others, co-produced by Georgia, Russia, Spain and Croatia; and Tiger Theory, made by the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

The seven-member international jury, led by Danish cinematic master Bille August, includes Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung, award-winning actress Jiang Wenli, American director Rob Minkoff and French actor Jean Reno.

August, who has two Golden Palm awards from Cannes and an Oscar for best foreign language film, has been working with Chinese studios on a World War II epic, Chinese Widow, since 2015.

The jury will arrive in Beijing on April 14 to watch the nominated movies, says Li Ran, head of the festival's prize-selection department.

She adds that the shortlist and the jury were chosen carefully to give the "young" Beijing festival more heft globally.

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House of Others are among the 15 nominated movies that will vie for the 10 Tiantan Awards during the upcoming Seventh Beijing International Film Festival.

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