Free Films At Chinese Film Festival

IN celebration of the 25th anniversary of China-Namibia diplomatic ties, the Chinese Embassy will be hosting a Chinese Film Festival at Ster-Kinekor.

The goal of the festival is to introduce Chinese culture to the Namibian public as reflected in a selection of action, drama, comedy, historical and romantic films.

To reach as wide an audience as possible, tickets to the film festival are free and will be issued at Ster-Kinekor on a first come, first serve basis.

“Every one, no matter who you are, as long as you are interested, can come to the box office at Ster-Kinekor Maerua Mall to ask for free ticket to the Chinese films during the festival,” says Ster-Kinekor manager Jenni Beukes.

“These seven different genres of film were well selected from thousands of Chinese films but they share something in common, which is the reflection of the Chinese people’s attitude to life as well as their vigour and determination with regard to social development.”

Running from 12 to 18 June and presenting one film each day, the Chinese Film Festival has already kicked off with ‘Partners’, ‘Finding Mr Right’ (2013) , ‘Phurbu and Tenzin’ (2014) and ‘The Flowers of War’ (2011).

Tonight attendees will be treated to ‘Chinese Zodiac’ (2012), an action comedy starring Jackie Chan who plays a treasure hunter who sets out to retrieve 12 bronze heads stolen during the looting of the Old Summer Palace in the 19th century. Jackie Chan co-produced, wrote, directed and starred in the film.

‘The Grandmaster’ (2013), a martial arts drama is on the bill for tomorrow evening. The film stars Tony Leung and is based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The film is set in the 1930s and also stars ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’s’ (2005) Zhang Ziyi.

Finally, the Chinese Film festival will close with ‘Money on the Road’ (2014) which tells the story of three farmers who head to the city to find a little more fortune but happen upon windfalls, crooked businessmen and a little fish out of water comedy instead.

As the first festival at the new Ster-Kinekor premises at Maerua Mall, Beukes hopes it heralds the beginning of many more.

“This is our first attempt at film festivals but not the last,” says Beukes. “The Chinese embassy has expressed great interest in making this festival an annual event in partnership with Ster-Kinekor. We are very happy as well to play a role in linking Namibia with different cultures.”

For your foreign film fix and a dynamic dose of complimentary culture, head to the Chinese Film Festival on 16, 17 and 18 June.

Source : The Namibian