Sunday 12 July 2020

China Film Week to feature top Chinese film stars

DUBAI, September 26, 2019

Some of Chinese film’s biggest movie stars and directors are expected to fly in for the opening night of China Film Week set to run from September 29 to October 5 in Dubai, UAE.

The second edition of the event is being hosted by Hala China, a joint initiative by Meraas and Dubai Holding, at Roxy Cinemas at City Walk and The Beach from.

Among the directors heading to Dubai are Zhang Jizhong, acclaimed director known for film adaptations of classic Chinese “wuxia” literary texts Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West, Tang Jili – better known as Stanley Ton – known for his collaborations with Jackie Chan including Rumble in the Box, and Tian Yusheng, who brings his latest film, The Ex File 3: Return of the Exes, to Dubai for an exclusive screening.

The worldwide premier of Chinese Captain, the film adaption of the real-life events of the Sichuan Airlines forced landing in 2018, will be screened on the opening night of China Film Week in Dubai – the same day it is screened in China for the first time.

The premier of Chinese Captain will follow an exclusive red-carpet gala dinner hosted at City Walk, where VIP guests will be treated to performances from Chinese singer and ehru (stringed instrument known as the “Chinese violin”) musician Alan Dawazhuoma and Spotlight, the Thai boy band from Chinese reality music TV show “Produce 101”. During the gala evening, guests will be treated to traditional Emirati and Chinese dance performances, in a symbolic show of the cultural exchanges between the UAE and China.

This year’s China Film Week will also see the introduction of the first China-UAE Film and Television Forum on 30 September at Madinat Jumeirah which includes an exhibition of over 100 photographs that chronicle the Chinese film industry’s evolution over the last 70 years.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, chairman of Hala China, said: “Since Hala China launched this event last year, we have witnessed extraordinary levels of interest and collaboration between Dubai and China. Not only have we catalysed investments in new and emerging industries, but crucially, cultural exchanges have been taken to another level, as China Film Week is testament to.

He added: “As China’s film industry grows, so does the UAE’s. Together, there is much we can offer each other; with China’s film industry a model of home-grown success and the UAE’s world-class infrastructure, state-of-the-art production and post production facilities.”

Supported by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, China Film Administration and Dubai Film and TV commission, the 2019 China Film Week in Dubai takes place as the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th anniversary, as well as marking the 35th year since the UAE and China began a diplomatic relationship that has since flourished. Further, the event will be held during China’s National Day holiday, known as Golden Week (October 1-7, 2019).

Li Xuhang, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Dubai, said: “With a positive response and wide acclaim, Chinese Film Week in Dubai has already played an essential role in cultural exchanges. This year, as part of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the UAE, the second edition of China Film Week reflects not only Dubai’s effort to promote friendship and cultural exchanges, but also the great potential and opportunities for cooperation between our two countries.”

Ten popular Chinese blockbusters will be screened throughout the week, including How Long will I love you, Hold your Hands, and The Photographer. In 2018, China's cinema audience became the biggest in the world, and its unprecedented growth in the past decade has been driven by rising demand for quality entertainment.

The films screening in Dubai for the week have been part of a huge, recent success in China’s film industry. It is currently valued at $11.05 billion, according to projections from PricewaterhouseCoopers. And in 2020, China's fast-growing sales at the box office will exceed that of the US by $12.28 billion to $11.93 billion. – TradeArabia News Service


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