Chengdu special Film fes­ti­val in Chengdu shares per­spec­tives, pro­motes har­mony

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By ZHUAN TI zhuanti@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Serv­ing as a plat­form for cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in the film in­dus­try, the sec­ond BRICS Film Fes­ti­val was held re­cently in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince, giv­ing the public in­sight into di­verse film cul­tures as well as the daily life and so­cial de­vel­op­ment of BRICS coun­tries, ex­perts said.

China, as the ro­tat­ing chair of the in­ter­na­tional bloc, will host the ninth BRICS an­nual sum­mit in Septem­ber in the coastal city of Xi­a­men, Fu­jian prov­ince. The fes­ti­val is one of the key events for the sum­mit.

With the theme of “open­ness, in­clu­sive­ness and win­win sit­u­a­tions”, this year’s fes­ti­val ran from June 23 to 27 and held ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing film ex­hi­bi­tions, the Golden Bear Awards, fo­rums for film co­op­er­a­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of a na­tional film day.

More than 30 movies from China, Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia and South Africa have been screened at the fes­ti­val.

Those in­clude 10 con­test films such as Soul Mate, the award-winning movie shown at the 53rd Golden Horse Film Fes­ti­val in April in Tai­wan, and The Sec­ond Mother, a film from Brazil nom­i­nated at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Park City, Utah in the United States, in 2015. Also, Where Has the Time Gone, a co-pro­duc­tion of sev­eral BRICS coun­tries, and the South African film Mrs Right Guy, were screened dur­ing the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies of the fes­ti­val, re­spec­tively.

T his year ’s event es­tab­lished a na­tional film day for ev­ery BRICS coun­try to show their ex­cep­tional movies and unique film cul­tures.

Zhang Hongsen, deputy di­rec­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion, said that set­ting a special day for movies is an in­no­va­tive way to let au­di­ences abroad gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of BRICS coun­tries.

He said that, as a host coun­try for the fes­ti­val, China has suc­cess­fully pre­sented the achieve­ments of the coun­try’s re­form and in­no­va­tion of the film in­dustr y by se­lect­ing highly-rated films of dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods.

An­other high­light of the fes­ti­val was the open­ing film, Where Has the Time Gone, the first of its kind co-directed by sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als from China and other BRICS coun­tries.

It is a 110-minute movie with five short parts shot by five di­rec­tors in­clud­ing Chi­nese film­maker Jia Zhangke, Wal­ter Salles from Brazil, Alek­sey Fe­dorchenko from Rus­sia, Mad­hur Bhan­darkar from In­dia and Jah­mil X.T. Que­bka from South Africa.

“We hope to fur­ther ex­plore the mean­ing of time and fo­cus on the changes of life and in­di­vid­u­als’ emo­tions un­der that so­cial back­ground.

“It also shows dif­fer­ent types of en­light­en­ment and choices of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures un­der the same hu­man destiny,” Jia said.

In­dian film­maker Mo­han Agashe said that BRICS coun­tries are like a big fam­ily even though they speak dif­fer­ent lan­guages. “Film is a good way for us to share the har­mony and unity of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and solve the same prob­lems,” he said. The Bei­jing Film Academy said dur­ing the fes­ti­val that it is will­ing to strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion with film stu­dents and young tal­ents from Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia and South Africa to en­hance peo­ple-topeo­ple ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion among BRICS coun­tries.

As the only film academy of its kind in China, the largest in Asia and renowned through­out the world, the academy aims to fur­ther pro­mote com­mon pros­per­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the film in­dus­try in these coun­tries.

It will carry out ex­changes and train­ing pro­grams in the next five years start­ing in 2018.

This year’s fes­ti­val is a largescale cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion event in the film in­dus­try and the first of its kind in Chengdu.

More than 300 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from BRICS coun­tries, in­clud­ing renowned do­mes­tic ex­perts and me­dia at­tended the show. To date, Chengdu is home to 16 for­eign em­bassies and 278 For­tune Global 500 en­ter­prises. The city is also the host of many in­ter­na­tional fo­rums such as the For­tune Global Fo­rum, World Chi­nese En­trepreneurs Con­ven­tion and the G20 Fi­nance Min­is­ters and Cen­tral Bank Gov­er­nors Meet­ing. What they say

We hope to fur­ther ex­plore the mean­ing of time and fo­cus on the changes of life and in­di­vid­u­als’ emo­tions un­der that so­cial back­ground.” Jia Zhangke, Chi­nese film­maker With a long his­tory and pro­found cul­ture, Chengdu is amaz­ing in my eyes. The city is also di­verse and col­or­ful. I es­pe­cially like the Tem­ple of Mar­quis Wu, which is solemn and re­spect­ful. Alexan­dre Ro­drigues, an ac­tor from Brazil who plays a role in TheCi­ty­ofGod.

Chengdu is a fan­tas­tic place for me. The first time I went there, I was deeply moved by its charm of com­bin­ing both tra­di­tional cul­tures and mod­ern civ­i­liza­tion. In the fu­ture, I hope to cre­ate more cul­tur­ally themed movies with China in cities such as Chengdu. Nee­lakanta Reddy, a film maker from In­dia

The his­tor­i­cal at­trac­tions and tra­di­tional cul­tures of Chengdu are fab­u­lous. I will bring all the mem­o­ries of the city to my home­town and share those ex­pe­ri­ences with my fam­ily and friends. Michel Joel­sas, a Brazil­ian ac­tor in the film TheSe­cond Mother

I think all the peo­ple in the world like the gi­ant pan­das and the film com­plex on them will get a big pos­i­tive response. I have a plan to shoot a film based on pan­das. Alek­sey Fe­dorchenko, a Rus­sian film di­rec­tor for the film WhereHas­theTimeGone

Renowned as a place rich in re­sources and pro­fes­sion­als, Chengdu en­joys nu­mer­ous ad­van­tages to de­velop the film in­dus­try with re­sources of tal­ented peo­ple, mu­sic and film academies and uni­ver­si­ties. I am con­fi­dent that Chengdu will be­come an­other film cen­ter in China in the fu­ture. Lu Chuan, a famed Chi­nese di­rec­tor

PHOTOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

For­eign guests par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sec­ond BRICS Film Fes­ti­val visit the Tem­ple of Mar­quis Wu in Chengdu.

Chengdu’s gi­ant panda base en­ter­tains vis­i­tors dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

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