In September 2019, the 3rd Pingyao International Film Festival confirmed Liberation (Permit No. 606/2019) directed by Li Shaohong and Chang Xiaoyang as the opening film, with approval by the authorities.
On October 6th, Liberation’s production company writes to PYIFF that the post-production including the digital and visual effects of the film has not been completed as expected and it will have to require further work. Considering the quality of the screening and being responsible for the audiences, the production company offers to cancel the screening at the 3rd PYIFF.
PYIFF decides to replace the opening film to The Neighbours (World Premiere) directed by young director Han Yan, the Chinese story of the third BRICS co-production Neighbors. Han Yan started his directorial career in 2002. In 2015, his work Go Away Mr. Tumor was the Chinese candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film of the 88th Academy Award. Old Neighborhood as part of the third BRICS co-production is his latest directorial work.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the change.