3D documentary "Amazonia" likely to be shown in China's movie theaters next summer
VENICE, Italy, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Thierry Ragobert's "Amazonia," the 3D documentary that closed the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, might be shown in China's movie theaters next summer, sources from Beijing Taihe Chuanqi Entertainment Media Co. told Xinhua.
A Brazilian-French coproduction, the film is about a domesticated capuchin monkey that is released into the wild and suddenly finds itself fighting for survival in the wilds of the Amazon jungle in this live-action adventure shot on location in 3D.
Amazonia took seven years to make and is the biggest film ever shot in the Amazon jungle. To prepare for it, the French director and his team spent two years doing scientific research and working closely with biologists and animal experts to ensure the faithfulness of every sequence.
The footage features a cast of forest animals such as kinkajous, boas, jaguars, crocodiles and monkeys plus thousands of plant species and millions of insects serving as background extras.
"We open with a 3D film ('Gravity' directed by Alfonso Cuaron) and close with one, since this seems to be the direction things are going," the festival's artistic director Alberto Barbera said in a recent press conference.
Barbera recalled that cinema has always gone through "technological revolutions," from the transition from mute to spoken films to the introduction of light equipments.
"And the same is happening now with digital technology," he added.
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