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Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke has failed to convince the China Film Bureau to change its original choice for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film entry, “Wolf Totem”, with his own arthouse drama, “Mountains May Depart”.

According to Hollywood Reporter, back in August, the producers of Sino-French film, “Wolf Totem”, revealed that the bureau has selected the movie to be the representative film for mainland China at the Oscars.

However, last week, Jia made a statement to the reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival that he intended to apply to the bureau to submit his film instead.
Jia’s announcement has angered “Wolf Totem” producers, who in turn, pushed further for the movie to be the country’s representative work.
A source from the Film Bureau revealed recently that it has denied Jia’s application and will stand by its original decision to submit “Wolf Totem”.
Directed by French director Jean Jacques-Annaud, the movie is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Lu Jiamin that tells the story of a student who is sent to the Chinese region of inner Mongolia to teach shepherds, and instead learned about the shepherds’ bond with the wolves.
It stars Feng Shaofeng, Shawn Dou, and Mongolian actress, Ankhnyam Ragchaa.
(Photo source: thestar.com)