Opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics to last no more than 100 minutes

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21st January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Beijing Winter Olympics will be held on 4th February. Zhang Yimou, the chief director of the opening and closing ceremonies, said in an interview with CCTV yesterday that the opening ceremony is expected to last no more than 100 minutes. It will be “simple and exciting”.

Zhang Yimou, the Chinese film director mentioned in an exclusive interview that the Beijing National Stadium has a large space and a large stage. If a large number of performers can be used, the difficulty of creation will be less. Compared with the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the biggest difference this time is that the angle of the narrative is changed from “me” to “we”, making people feel that every step is not just yours, mine, and his, but “ours”. Zhang Yimou pointed out that the content will be a little ethereal, romantic, modern and technological, and due to the epidemic, the total number of performers will not exceed 3,000. It emphasises simplicity, but still strives to be visually full, making performances part of the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organising Committee said today that there are about 1,200 torchbearers for the Beijing Winter Olympics and about 600 for the Paralympic Games. The Beijing Winter Olympics torch relay will be held in Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou from 2nd to 4th February.

Zhang Yimou is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer He is part of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial debut in 1987 with Red Sorghum.

Zhang has won numerous awards and recognitions, with three Academy Awards nominations for Best Foreign Language Film for Ju Dou in 1990, Raise the Red Lantern in 1991, and Hero in 2003; a Silver Lion, two Golden Lion prizes and the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice Film FestivalGrand Jury PrizePrize of the Ecumenical Jury and Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; the Golden Bear, the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1993, he was a member of the jury at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.  Zhang directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, which received considerable international acclaim.

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