A chance to see a new world

Updated 2017-02-17 09:59:08 China Daily
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Some of the domestic films being screened at the Beijing event include Apart Together, No Man's Land and Black Coal, Thin Ice.

Some of the domestic films being screened at the Beijing event include Apart Together, No Man's Land and Black Coal, Thin Ice.

Film fans have an opportunity to view Chinese movies that have made a mark at the Berlin film festival over the years at an event in Beijing.

Three years after his first tour to Berlin, Liao Fan remembers the chilly night when his noir thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice premiered there. After the screening, he stood alongside the director, Diao Yinan, smoking quietly.

"It was the first time I had seen the film on a big screen. The details were impressive," he says at an event, which is being held in Beijing in conjunction with the ongoing 67th Berlinale International Film Festival.

The event, titled Eyes on Berlin, held by the French Institute, the Goethe-Institut China and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, is showcasing 18 films that were presented at the German festival over the years.

Other domestic films being screened at the ongoing event include Crosscurrent, the Silver Bear winner last year; No Man's Land, a 2014 nominee; the 2016 documentary nominee My Land; and Apart Together, the best screenplay winner at the 60th edition of the festival.

Clemens Treter, director of the Goethe-Institut China, says the Beijing event symbolizes a conversation between Chinese and European cinema, providing locals with an opportunity to see a different world.

Black Coal was the opening film at the Beijing event, which was launched on Feb 10 at the French Institute. The event runs through Feb 28.

Speaking about his Berlin experience, Liao says that he saved the premiere ticket of his film, thinking that it would be "the only thing" he brought home from the 64th Berlin festival, one of the world's most influential movie events.

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Some of the domestic films being screened at the Beijing event include Apart Together, No Man's Land and Black Coal, Thin Ice.

Some of the domestic films being screened at the Beijing event include Apart Together, No Man's Land and Black Coal, Thin Ice.

"But the organizers were more generous than I expected, and it (the jury) seemingly wanted to give me more than just a ticket," he says.

On Feb 14, 2014, the day after his 40th birthday, Liao won the Silver Bear for Best Actor, the first such honor for a Chinese.

Black Coal, Thin Ice, a movie about a mysterious series of killings, was another Chinese-language movie to win the Golden Bear for Best Film after Wang Quan'an's Tuya's Marriage, which won the same prize in 2007.

Before Black Coal, Liao had starred in many movies and television series over 15 years. But in the commercial hits-such as Jackie Chan's CZ12 and Jiang Wen's Let The Bullets Fly-Liao played only a supporting role.

Berlin, a lucky city for many Chinese filmmakers since the 1980s, was a turning point for Liao.

He has played lead roles in the few films he has since appeared in.

His 2015 film The Master, which won best action choreography at the 52nd Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards, is currently one of the most highly acclaimed martial-arts films on China's major review sites.

Liao's role of an aspiring Wing Chun master is much appreciated.

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Some of the domestic films being screened at the Beijing event include Apart Together, No Man's Land and Black Coal, Thin Ice.

Some of the domestic films being screened at the Beijing event include Apart Together, No Man's Land and Black Coal, Thin Ice.

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