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Reel China: Beijing film festival opens with international emphasis

BEIJING -- The Beijing International Film Festival kicked off in the Chinese capital on Wednesday, opening with the French production "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Christophe Gans and starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.

In only its fourth year, the Beijing fest is a grab-bag affair still seeking a distinct identity. But with China's box office growing rapidly and now second only to the U.S. in earnings, a variety of big Western names is attending, including directors Alfonso Cuaron and Oliver Stone, Paramount Pictures chief operating officer Frederick Huntsberry and MPAA chief Christopher Dodd.

More than 260 Chinese and foreign films from 79...