Chinese Young Directors Make Wonderful Debuts of Their Films at 35th Munich International Film Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2017-07-06 09:22:10 

The 35th Munich International Film Festival ended on July 1st, 2017 in Munich, a southern city in German. Three films of China's emerging young directors, Walking Past the Future (Director Li Ruijun, 2017), Knife in the Clear Water (Director Wang Xuebo, 2016) and The Summer Is Gone (Director Zhang Dalei, 2016) showed at the festival upon invitation. They were well received at the premiere in Germany, among which Knife in the Clear Water also advanced to the CineVision Competition. In cooperation with the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the Munich film festival has inaugurated the thematic activities of "Screening of Cinematographic Works of China's Young Directors". It was the first time that works of Chinese young directors made a collective debuts at one of the heavyweights of the film festivals in Europe, which has enabled European audience to develop a better understanding of China's social development and cultural changes from the perspective of the younger generation and brought about an impressive "Chinese film craze" locally.

From June 28th to July 1st, the three movies were screened during prime time one after another at the festival cinemas, attracting a large number of filmmakers, film critics and movie enthusiasts. Every screening, especially screenings of Saturday, was greeted by almost a full house. After the screening of Walking Past the Future and Knife in the Clear Water, the directors of the movies and the audiences had a "face-to-face" communication. Local cinephiles showed strong interests in China’s social landscape and cultural connotation demonstrated in the movies and they exchanged with the film crew on the creative ideas, plot arrangement and film aesthetics.

A movie on show

On the morning of June 30th, Dai Jinhua, a prestigious Chinese film critic and professor of Peking University, made a speech under the title of "Chinese Film Today" at the University of Munich, introducing the current development of Chinese films to the faculty and students. In the afternoon, a dialogue forum on "Chinese Film: A New Beginning in the New Era" took place in Black Box, Gasteig, a cultural center in Munich, which was the first time that Chinese thematic activities were held among special forums at Munich film festival. Hosted by Asian Programmer Bernhard Karl, the forum also saw the presence of Dai Jinhua, Wang Xuebo and Li Ruijun. They had discussions on such topics as the filming, distribution and future development of Chinese art films.

Li Ruijun, the director of Walking Past the Future, interacting with the audiences

As a major film festival in German, Munich International Film Festival is second only in influence to the Berlin International Film Festival. This year, 180 movies from over 60 countries were selected by the festival. With its great focus on international films and international emerging directors, the film festival had also set up special awards for international films and directors. The festival's Asian Programmer Bernhard Karl had paid close attention to this year's works of China's young directors. He said that in addition to their pursuit of perfection in artistic aesthetics, he had also noted young Chinese directors' creativity of content and theme exploration. Meanwhile, Bernhard Karl also expressed sincere gratitude to the Confucius Institute Headquarters for the successful initial cooperation.

The film festival forum

As an important platform for the world to get to know China, the Confucius Institute has been committed to exploring effective channels for Chinese language and culture to make a global presence. Through this first cooperation with an international film festival on planning Chinese thematic activities, the Confucius Institute Headquarters has made a significant endeavor to expand cultural influence of Chinese movies.


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