24 November, 2009

Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan

The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival opened on Nov 4 with the screening of The Warrior and the Wolf, a film by Chinese director Tian Zhuang Zhuang.

The festival is the largest showcase of international movies in Taiwan, it is non competitive for foreign film and ends with a spectacular gala and awards ceremony for Asian movies on November 28.

The audience is generally young, and films are sold out very quickly making this a great event for filmmakers to attend.

A large number of European films are screened during the 2 weeks event, European guests to the festival include:

Actress Isabelle Huppert and director Benoit Jacquot with Villa Amalia, to be released on December 4; Isabelle Huppert will also give a "master class" on November 24. A restrospective of 8 of her movies is being shown during the festival.

Director Gilles Bourdos with Afterwards to be released December 4, is also in town to participate in a tribute to Taiwanese director of photography Mark Lee Ping Bing as are Tran Anh Hung and Ms. Tran Nu YenKhe with At the height of summer. Director Lorenzo Recio The headless sailor and Lisa is also in Taipei.

Actor Vincent Perez and director Denis Dercourt Tomorrow at dawn to be released December 11;

from Germany : Actress Jana Pallaske Phantom Pain, Directors Thomas Heise My brother we'll meet again and Marco Wilms Comrade Couture.

The French Taiwanese co-production Visages from Tsai Ming Liang is in competition and has been nominated for 5 awards.

Cannes Golden Palm winner The white ribbon by Michael Haneke, a French German and Austrian coproduction will be screened at the closing night ceremony and released on November 27.

12 November, 2009

Opening of the 2d annual EU Film Festival in Beijing

In celebration of the second annual EU Film Festival in China, celebrities, moguls, filmmakers, and diplomats, among others, gathered for cocktails followed by the screening of the Swedish film Evil, by Mikael Håfström. The gala evening was hosted by Swedish Ambassador M. Mikael Lindström and European Union Ambassador M. Serge Abou at the Saga Cinema Theatre in Beijing.

Chinese actresses Zhou XianXin and Shen Aojun also attended the gala, as well as Wang Biao, who plays the grandfather in the Austrian film Mozart in China.

09 November, 2009

2d annual EU Film Festival in China

Following the great success of the first Annual EU Film Festival in China, held in Beijing in December 2008, the 2nd Annual EU Film Festival in China is taking place from November 5th to December 4th, 2009. This year the film festival is expanding and will take place in three cities: Beijing, Chengdu and Nanjing.

The film festival, which is financed by the Delegation of the European Commission to China and supported by the Swedish Presidency, invites all 27 EU Member States to showcase one recent, popular and successful film, and such a wide and diverse selection will enable the Chinese general public to discover the new faces of European cinema.

Each movie will be shown twice in Beijing; a selection of 10 films will be screened once in Chengdu and a selection of 5 films will be screened once in Nanjing; Screenings in Beijing will take place at the Centre Culturel Français (French Cultural Centre), the Instituto Cervantes (Cervantes Institute), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (the Italian Institute of Culture), the Polish Embassy, the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, the German Embassy School and the Broadway Moma Cinemathèque in Beijing; the screenings in Chengdu will take place at the Stellar Yingdu Cinema, and in Nanjing at the Xinjiekou cinema.

Each film will be screened in the original language with English and Chinese subtitles.