Beijing film festival kicks off with starry red carpet

Beijing film festival kicks off in China's capital, drawing in domestic and international stars.
Red-carpet glamour: Stars at the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival included , actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, model Vivian Dawson, actress Shu Qi and Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom.
Red-carpet glamour: Stars at the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival included , actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, model Vivian Dawson, actress Shu Qi and Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE
Red-carpet glamour: Stars at the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival included , actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, model Vivian Dawson, actress Shu Qi and Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom.
Red-carpet glamour: Stars at the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival included , actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, model Vivian Dawson, actress Shu Qi and Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE
Red-carpet glamour: Stars at the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival included , actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, model Vivian Dawson, actress Shu Qi and Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom.
Red-carpet glamour: Stars at the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival included , actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, model Vivian Dawson, actress Shu Qi and Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE

The Beijing International Film Festival got underway on Sunday, with stars from Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi to Thai actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying and New Zealand model Vivian Dawson attending the opening ceremony. Shu is sitting on a jury led by Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai.

Curiously, the ceremony was not followed by a film screening, said Variety website. Also, the festival has pulled the Oscar-winning gay romance Call Me By Your Name from its programme.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2018, with the headline 'Beijing film festival kicks off with starry red carpet'. Print Edition | Subscribe