Chinese cinema comes to the capital with its latest

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New Delhi, Mar 27 (UNI) After receiving Indian films with great interest in their coutry recently, the Chinese are here now to showcase the latest in their cinema.

A festival of Chinese films will be held at the Siri Fort Auditorium here from March 28 to April 2 during which eight films will be screened.

''These are all newly made films varied in topic and artistic style, and they will serve as a window to the Chinese life,'' said Mr Tong Gang, Director General, China State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) addressing a press conference jointly with head of the Directorate of Film Festival Neelam Kapur here today.

India and China were great civilisations, and such exchanges would further develop understanding between the countries, he said, adding that there was a big audience for Indian films in his country.

The Chinese film festival is a joint event of the two organisations. Ms Kapur said the festival was part of the cultural exchange programmes and was being held under the special agreement between the two countries.

The inaugural film is 'Gun of Mercy' directed by Xiao Feng. A high-level delegation of the famous names from the Chinese film industry has come for the festival.

The event will be jointly inaugurated by Mr Zhang Yan, China's ambassador to India, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, Ms.

Asha Swarup and Mr Tong Gang.

Entry for the public is on passes available free and on 'first come first served' basis. However, entry at the inauguration and opening film is by special invitation only.

The eight films that would be screened are 'Fearless', directed by Ronny Yu, 'The Banquet' by Feng Xiaogang, 'Courthouse on the Horseback' by Liu Jie, 'The Silent Holy Stones' by Wanma Caidan, 'Call for Love' by Zhaang Jianya, 'A World Witout Thieves' by Feng Xiaogang, 'Honemoon' by Chen Jun, and 'Perhaps love' by Peter Ho-Sun Chan.

China made its first motion picture 'Conquering the Jun Mountain (Ding Jun Shan)' made in 1905. Since then they have come a longway transforming the cinema into a complete industry engaged in film production, theatrical distribution and exhibition and development of post-theatrical market such as DVD, internet, VOD, cable, merchandising etc.

The country has more than 100 films studios and production companies of different sizes. The year 2007 saw a total production of 402 feature films and a considerable amount of science and educational films, documentary films and animation films, setting up a record.

The Chinese cinema is making its presenec felt on the international scene, particularly after worldwide release of Chinese hits like The Knot, The Assembly and Kekexil among others, which were well received by the world audience. In 2007, 29 Chinese films received 49 accolades on 19 international occasions.

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