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Director accuses theater chain operator of limiting screenings of his latest movie
   2016-11-19 00:08:04    AP/CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ma Ruohan

File photo of Wang Sicong (left) and Feng Xiaogang. [Photo: baidu.com]

One of China's most famous film directors publicly accused the country's richest man on Friday of monopolizing the cinema market and limiting screenings of his latest movie.

Veteran director Feng Xiaogang said his film "I Am Not Madame Bovary" has been given on average 40 percent or more of available screening slots in cinemas, but only 10.9 percent in those run by Wanda Cinemas, the theater chain operator is owned by Wang Jianlin's Wanda Group.

In an open letter to Wang on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, Feng said the company is monopolizing China's film production and distribution markets and is also on track to "buy up Hollywood."

He suggested that Wanda had limited the screenings of his film because they were angry that a Wanda manager had recently been poached by the production company behind Feng's latest film, private Chinese firm Huayi Brothers. Feng is also a shareholder in the company.

Wang's son, Wanda board member Wang Sicong, fired back in a Weibo posing that Feng¡¯s film was simply not good enough and should instead ¡®¡¯to present a work that can speak for itself?"

Wanda Group, a real estate conglomerate that has moved into entertainment, buying Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment and dick clark productions while also becoming the world's biggest cinema operator.

Feng¡¯s film, ¡°I Am Not Madame Bovary¡±, has won awards at the Toronto and San Sebastian international film festivals. It stars Fan Bingbing as a woman who takes on the Chinese legal system.

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