Feng Xiaogang defends round screen for "I Am Not Madame Bovary"

31 Jul - Feng Xiaogang's upcoming new film adaptation, "I Am Not Madame Bovary", has been attracting attention with its round-shaped screen imagery. But according to the Chinese director, it didn't happen without any protest from the production.

As reported on ECNS News, the director, who spoke to the media recently, stated that the only person who supported his decision to present the film in a "round-shaped imagery on a normal rectangle film screen" was his cinematographer.

Among the people who protested his vision were lead actor Zhang Guoli, producer Wang Zhonglei of Huayi Brothers, and even the original novelist, Liu Zhenyun.

According to Feng, "I told them that if you don't want to invest in my film, I will fund it myself, but I will [expletive] shoot it in round screen!"

Feng stated that although he is still unsure whether the audience will accept his vision, he was more afraid that he would regret not trying it when he's older.

"I Am Not Madame Bovary", or "I'm not Pan Jinlian" in its original Chinese title, tells the story about a woman (Fan Bingbing) who is on a mission to sue various officials and clean her name after she was falsely accused by her husband of having an affair.

It will have its world premiere at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September.