18 outstanding Chinese films and two local Malaysian movies have been selected for the festival.
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The inaugural China Film Festival 2022 will promote close ties between Malaysia and China.
Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the four-day festival is not only a platform for filmmakers and producers from both countries to exchange ideas.
He said it also identifies opportunities for cooperation in developing the film industry.
2022 marks the 48th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. The Malaysia-China relationship is essential for economic reasons, cultural initiatives, creativity and innovation that become similarities, and cross-cultural communication.Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin on Malaysia-China relations through film industry.
He said this in a recent speech at the China Film Festival 2022.
Zahidi, also Padang Besar MP, said the ministry would continue to be committed to supporting local creative talent and ensuring they can penetrate the international film market.
Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing also graced the festival launch.
He remarked that there was a longstanding tradition of film collaboration between China and Malaysia.
People have become more approachable and closer to each other thanks to films. Films help enormously to increase mutual understanding between people.Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing on enhancing people-to-people understanding and friendship between Malaysia and China.
The ambassador added that the films would allow people to learn the extraordinary history and achievements of Chinese films in the past 100 years.
China Film Festival 2022, with the theme of “China Film Centennial — The Inheritance of Films”, takes place at Dadi Cinema from 15 to 18 September.
18 excellent Chinese films and two Malaysian movies will be presented to the audience, including newly produced and restored classics.
The festival started with the screening of On Your Mark, which marked Chiu Keng Guan’s directorial debut in China.
The movie topped the Chinese box office on its opening day with RM8.7 million from 9,000 cinemas.
Chiu is well known among Malaysians for his movie Ola Bola, inspired by Malaysia’s national football team that qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Ola Bola impressed the audience at the 2016 Shanghai Film Festival, and a Chinese producer approached Chiu with the script for On Your Mark
Each ticket at the Chinese Film Festival costs RM10, and each film is only screened once at Dadi Cinema in Pavilion KL.
The Chinese films include Cliff Walkers, Hi Mom, A Writer’s Odyssey, Leap, and The Wandering Earth.