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Chinese Film Festival In Manila

The Chinese Film Festival 2005 kicks off on June 10 at the Shang Cineplex in Mandaluyong City as part of the 30th Anniversary of the RP-China Diplomatic Relations.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television of China and Shangri-La Plaza brings to Manila a harvest of quality films showcasing the richness of Chinese history and culture.

Opening the Festival at 7PM on Friday is writer-director Feng Xiaoning’s “Gada Meilin,” an epic film about Mongolia's past. Gada Meilin sweeps across the screen with the story of the titular leader of splintered ethnic groups, who brought them together to defeat the present government and save their land.

Feng, famous for war films, continues his grand-scale filmmaking in this portrait of a larger-than-life leader in a larger-than-life section of China.

Another festival entry is “Nuan” by Huo Jianqi, a filmmaker who focuses on sincere relationships between people, establishing a unique unaffected style by minimizing the theatrical elements.

In “Nuan,” he continues that tradition by telling a simple story which reflects the personal experience of many ordinary Chinese people. The film shows Lin Jinghe’s short visit to his hometown in the countryside after settling in Beijing. In the village, he meets Nuan, his childhood love, now married and with a child.

Adapted from famed writer Mo Yan's novel “The White Dog and the Swing”, Nuan won The Best Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year.

Young director Mu Deyuan weaves the entertaining story of teenager Zhang Shuai who was thrown in prison for robbery in “Judge Mama.” Set free after three years, he plans to take avenge on An Hui, the judge who sentenced him to jail.

“Live in Peace” meanwhile is a heartwarming film by veteran director Hu Bingliu where hot-tempered old lady Ah Xi learns to mellow down and appreciate the value of friendship and companionship through her young worker Ah Shan, whose dream in life she helped realize.

The film “The Story of Lotus” by director Qi Jian is full of slices of life in rural China that is fast disappearing, capturing the way of life of billions of people before it becomes a faded memory. It is a beautiful simple story of Lotus, a rural girl who's husband dies in a quarry accident, leaving her to look after their infant son and an aging grandfather.

Finally, “Splendid Season” features two sisters who lost their parents at very young ages. Director Song Jiangbo weaves a tale of two searching souls who bond with children as “substitute parents” and in the process, found their true selves.

Director Feng Xiaoning and Gada Meilin actress Liu Wei will launch the Festival together with Chinese Film Bureau liaison officer Zhang Yahui and China Film Corp. CEO Tang Buting.

They will be joined by PA on Culture and NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez, National Artist for Film Director Eddie Romero, and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Wu Hongbo.

The Chinese Film Festival 2005 is open to the public for free from June 10 to 13 at Cinema 4, Shang Cineplex, Level 6, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.

Playdates are: Gada Meilin—June 10 (7PM), June 12 (2PM), June 13 (9:30PM); Nuan—June 10 (9:30PM), June 12 (4:30PM), June 13 (7PM); Judge Mama—June 11 (4:30PM), June 12 (9:30); Live in Peace—June 11 (9:30PM), June 13 (4:30PM); The Story of Lotus—June 11 (7PM), June 13 (2PM); Splendid Season—June 11 (2PM), June 12 (7PM).


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