The 26th BIFF opens a special program, “New Voices, Chinese Films,” dedicated to emerging and talented Chinese directors who have actively participated in the film industry over the past decade. This special program highlights how a new generation of Chinese directors is differentiated by their cinematic achievements and the messages they wish to convey.
China, which plays a leading role in the global film industry, is the third largest film producing country, after the United States and India. According to the Korean Film Council’s 2020 Chinese Film Industry Status and Trends Report, the market size of the Chinese film industry exceeded CNY 60 billion (about KRW 10.6 trillion) for the first time. times in 2018 and presented 538 films in theaters in 2019. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, which had a substantial effect on the film industry, the Chinese film industry experienced an impressive annual growth rate of 20% . Despite such success, Korean audiences have not been able to experience the scope, depth and potential of Chinese films.
In light of this, the 26th BIFF plans to open a special program that will focus on the works of prominent and promising Chinese directors, who will carry on the legacy of master directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Jia Zhangke, and many more. others, and observe new trends in Chinese cinema.
The films selected for “New Voices, Chinese Films”, which are quite peripheral to the traditional market of the current Chinese film industry, are the representative works of these directors, all of whom have received high praise from the film industry. international after their premiere in various prestigious films. festivals around the world. Most importantly, these films are worthy of attention as they portray, in their own unique cinematic perception and style, the lives and struggles of individuals who struggle to keep pace with the ever-changing modern Chinese society.
Diao Yinan’s crime thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014), which won the Golden Bear and Liao Fan’s Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 64th Berlinale Film Festival; Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues (2015), which won him the award for Best Emerging Director at the 68th Locarno Festival; Walking Past the Future (2017) by Li Rui Jun, guest in the Un Certain Regard section of the 70th Festival de Cannes; Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountain (2019) by Gu Xiaogang, which was highly regarded during Critics’ Week at the 72nd Festival de Cannes; The Cloud in Her Room (2020) by Zheng Lu Xinyuan, which received the Tiger Award at the 49th Rotterdam International Film Festival; The Calming (2020) by Song Fang, who was invited to the 70th Forum of the Berlin International Film Festival and won the CICAE Prize for Art Cinema; and Ripples of Life by Wei Shujun (2021), which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week this year; have all been selected for this special program.
Many of the distinguished aspiring directors invited to this year’s program have a deep and continuing affiliation with BIFF. Diao Yinan and Li Rui Jun both continued to present their works at BIFF following their invitations to the New Currents section for their first films, while Wei Shujun presented his three feature films at BIFF, including his first film, Duck. Neck. Song Fang, alumnus of BIFF’s first-ever Asian Film Academy (AFA), which aims to uncover new film talent in Asia, also has a long-standing relationship with BIFF.
This year’s special program, “New Voices, Chinese Films,” will be co-hosted by the Film Institute of Pusan National University (PNU) and BIFF, and will be open for ten days from 6 to October 15. In addition, there will be an online platform immediately after the premiere of the film which will encourage interaction with the public and make available the publication of a special program book which will be co-authored by national and international authors.
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