Silk Road brings China, Cannes in Bucharest

Updated 2017-10-16 11:00:53 Xinhua
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Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (L), three times winner of Cannes prizes and president of the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival, poses for a photograph with Sun Peng, Chairwoman and CEO of Zhejiang Roc Picture and the producer of The Chinese Widow, during the 8th edition of the film festival entitled Les Films de Cannes a Bucharest (Cannes Film Festival in Bucharest) at a cinema in Bucharest, capital of Romania, on Oct. 14, 2017.

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (L), three times winner of Cannes prizes and president of the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival, poses for a photograph with Sun Peng, Chairwoman and CEO of Zhejiang Roc Picture and the producer of The Chinese Widow, during the 8th edition of the film festival entitled Les Films de Cannes a Bucharest (Cannes Film Festival in Bucharest) at a cinema in Bucharest, capital of Romania, on Oct. 14, 2017.

The 8th edition of the film festival entitled Les Films de Cannes a Bucharest (Cannes Film Festival in Bucharest) is an opportunity for Bucharesters to get more familiarized with the latest Chinese cinema productions.

Among several films, "The Chinese Widow" screened here Sunday evening, is the star of this edition.

"I am organizing this film festival because I want to show what is relevant. I prolong and consolidate an audience for what has been already acknowledged as value in Cannes," said famous Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, three times winner of Cannes prizes and president of the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival.

"Ten years ago, when my generation and myself were winning prizes in Cannes, people at distance couldn't know exactly what was Cannes festival. So I thought it was imperative to bring the atmosphere here in Bucharest and I arranged with the film selector from Cannes to bring the films here. Since 2010, the audience of the festival has been increasing," he said.

China is now attracting directors and producers, especially now when China is actively promoting cooperation in various fields, including in movie industry, along the Silk Road, said Mungiu.

"I chose 'The Chinese Widow' because I liked it very much when I was in the jury in Shanghai, and this film allows me, on the one hand, to introduce directors who won prizes in Cannes and on the other hand, to introduce new cinemas from parts of the world still unfamiliar to us, but very visible in the industry."

The Chinese Widow is a 2017 Chinese war drama film directed by Danish Director Bille August, starring Liu Yifei and Emile Hirsch. The story is told through the heart-wrenching love story between a WWII American pilot who crash lands in China after a bombing run on Tokyo and a young Chinese widow who saves him.

The film premiered at the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival as the opening film.

Mungiu explained, "the trend is changing. Before, directors were imposing themselves after Cannes by making films in America, now they are making films in China, which is a tremendous market. It is very interesting to introduce to the public something unconceivable before -- directors and producers who have no knowledge about Chinese realities but go there to make films because they find the necessary conditions."

Sun Peng, Chairwoman and CEO of Zhejiang Roc Picture and the producer of The Chinese Widow, confessed that she had watched lots of films before she realized that "Bille August was the perfect director for my film".

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