September was the opening of the 8th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) in China, one of the highest profile cultural events between the EU and China each year.
This year’s film festival launched amid the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union and China. From the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Dheepan (France) and crowd-funded hit Kung Fury (Sweden) to Wim Wenders’s classic Wings of Desire (Germany), more than 40 European films were screened at the celebration.
Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to China and supported by relevant institutions including Institut Francais and EU Member State Embassies, the film festival hosted events across the country in movie theaters and cultural venues.
“Since its inception, our festival has dedicated itself to bringing the best European films to Chinese audiences and promoting cooperation between Chinese and European film festivals,” said Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut, ambassador of the EU to China.
To enhance the cultural and artistic dialogue between European and Chinese filmmakers, special guests such as the producers of White God Annamari Ligosztajeva and Eszter Gyarfas were invited to the opening ceremony.
Director and star of Kung Fury David Sandberg is expected to attend the closing ceremony among distinguished members of the Chinese film industry.
Through film, organizers expect a cultural and artistic dialogue to emerge and continue – first between audience members and filmmakers and then, ultimately, between the EU and China.
Cultural center screenings in Beijing will take place throughout the month of October at the Institut Francais (October 12-16), Embassy of Estonia (October 18-20), Cervantes Institute (October 21-24), Hungarian Cultural Institute (October 25), Italian Cultural Institute (October 27-29) and Embassy of Poland (October 30-31).
More information about the 2015 EUFF programming calendar is available on its official website, euoff.org.
In addition, a selection of films will be viewable on iQiyi, a streaming video platform, as part of the EU Online Film Festival, aiming to introduce European cinema to an even wider spectrum of Chinese film enthusiasts.