Hong Kong Filmart: Arclight’s Asian Unit Easternlight To Sell Rain Li's 'Beijing, New York’

Beijing, New York
Chiling Lin

The director's movie made its world premiere at the Hong Kong event.

Easternlight, the Asian sales arm of Arclight Films, has launched sales of Rain Li’s romance Beijing, New York at Filmart this week, marking the directorial debut of the cinematographer who cut her teeth working with Wong Kar-wai’s favored lenser, Christopher Doyle.

The movie made its world premiere at Filmart, and features Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-ling as a Chinese woman who travels to New York to pursue her American dream while her first love, Lenny, stays in China to follow a more traditional path, and also features Liu Ye and Richard DuKlerk, while Doyle will also be cinematographer.

“Rain Li is a unique filmmaker who fully understands the balance between western and eastern cultures and the value of creating commercially viable projects that remain true to their powerful artistic integrity,” said Elliot Tong, managing director of Arclight Films’ Hong Kong office.
“We’re confident the film’s captivating story and high production values will satisfy the appetites of audiences across the globe.”

CAA packaged the film and are handling the US sale.

Li has worked with directors such as Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant, and was awarded the Special 60th Anniversary Prize for Cinematography at Cannes for her work on Van Sant’s Paranoid Park.