mitable spirit of the Chinese people and their attachment to the homeland. The audienc
e will also feel the profound historical friendsh
ip between the Chinese and Kazakh people,” s ays Wang Zhi, deputy secretary-general of the festi
val’s organizing committee. Jonathan Shen, the producer of
The Composer, reveals that the crew spent five months shooting scenes in China, Russ ia and Kazakhstan, and how the team used ma
ny special effects to re-create the wartime sequences. Saturday, the festival’s opening day, marks the 80th anniversary of the debut performance of
Cantata in Yan’an, the headquarters of the Red Army after the Long March which lasted from 1934 to 1936. “We hope the film will comfort the soul of Xian,” says Shen, who is also the founder and CEO of Beijing-based Shinework Pictures.
Shen says he hopes The Composer, which was jointly financed by Kazakhst
an, will become a commercial success and encourage more foreign studios to produ
ce films with China. The film is scheduled to go on general release in China and Kazakhstan in May.