China Ireland International Film Festival Takes Place Next Week
The inaugural China Ireland International Film Festival (CIIFF) will celebrate the cultures of both countries with a bi-annual film exchange. The first part of the event will see a varied selection of Chinese films screened in Dublin from June 24 – 29.
Marking 40 years since the beginning of diplomatic relations with China, ChangChun Film Group Corporation, one of the largest studios in the country, will present a selection of their highlights at the festival. These include Jackie Chan’s 1911; The Assassins starring Chow Yun-fat; Yazhou Yang’s The Sun and two films by Xianhe Lei: Cableway Doctor and The Woman Behind The Man.
Other acclaimed titles screening at CIIFF in Dublin include historical documentary Mr Deng Goes to Washington featuring a post screening Q&A with director, Mr. Fu Hongxing and producer, Mrs. Lv Muzi; and Xu Haofeng’s sumptuous adaptation of his book The Sword Identity with a post screening Q&A with DoP Mr. Meng Xiaoqing. There will also be screenings of award winning debuts The Crossing by Bai Xue, The Widowed Witch by Chengjie Cai and A First Farewell by Wang Lina.
The programme will also have showings of celebrated Irish films Song of the Sea and Once. These will later be travelling to China for the Chinese leg of the Festival, taking place in 2020.
Alongside the cultural exchange of screening films, there will be an industry exchange. A delegation from ChangChun Film Group Corporation, Jilin Television, and representatives from Screen Ireland and Culture Ireland will host discussions. Topics shall include co-productions; Ireland as a filming location, and the opportunities for Irish films to enter the Chinese market after the increase in foreign film quotas.