European fest readies China run
Recent and popular films showcased in Beijing and ChengduBEIJING -- The 2nd annual European Union Film Festival in China will run from Nov. 5 through Dec. 4 in Beijing and Chengdu, featuring recent, popular and successful films from all 27 EU member states, organizers said Monday.
In a country where most of the 20 imported films allowed to screen theatrically each year come from Hollywood, the festival is a chance for China's growing moviegoing audience to get a taste of the diversity of world cinema.
"Such a wide and diverse selection will enable the Chinese general public to discover the new faces of European cinema," organizers said in a statement.
The festival will include titles such as the family film "Mozart in China," by Bernd Neuburger and Madja Seelich from Austria, the drama "Fighter," by Danish director Natasha Arthy, and the Polish comedy "Ladies," by Tomasz Konecki.
Each film will screen in its original language with Chinese and English subtitles.
Financed by the Delegation of the European Commission to China and supported by the Swedish Presidency, the festival will show each movie twice in the capital Beijing and once in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's Sichuan province and home to 11 million people.
Screenings in Beijing will be held at the French Cultural Center, the Cervantes Institute, the Italian Institute of Culture, the Polish Embassy, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, the German Embassy School and the Broadway Moma Cinemathèque in Beijing.
Chengdu screenings will take place at the Stellar Yingdu Cinema.