Create Light with Joint Efforts for Chinese Film Industry: Excellent Chinese Films Shortlisted for 13th BJIFF Tiantan Award
Every light gathers in this beautiful spring! At the Competition Section, Tiantan Award of the 13th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), three Chinese films, The Shadowless Tower, Ciao, and Lost in the Stars, were staged on the Red Carpet for the Opening Ceremony to compete with other world-class films for the great awards.
Beijing Film Panorama
The Shadowless Tower, directed by Zhang Lu , supervised by Huang Jianxin, and starring Xin Baiqing and Huang Yao, tells a story of a divorced middle-aged man who got the news of his father who has been away for many years. After a trip to the Beidai River, he begins to retrospect his past and plan his future.
A Still of The Shadowless Tower
As a representative of literary film creators, director Zhang Lu presented his new film at the BJIFF, highlighting the infinite possibilities of Chinese film industry. The Shadowless Tower was shortlisted for the Competition Section of the Berlin International Film Festival with extensive acclaim. Zhang Lu is well known globally, and his films were once shortlisted for the Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Rooster Awards, and Locarno Film Festival. He was also awarded L'ACID at International Critics’ Week of the Festival de Cannes.
Cast & crew of The Shadowless Tower at the Red Carpet for the Opening Ceremony
Korean director Zhang Lu is good at expressing the great emotional tremor from the daily stories, to highlight the humanistic concern with a poetic style. Zhang Lu once said in an interview, "Making a film is like finding a soulmate", and I believe this film will give a great impetus to the local literary filmmakers and film fans.
Meet and greet with cast & crew of The Shadowless Tower
From the shortlist Ciao, we may see the hardworking young filmmakers in China. The film, starring Kara Wai and Hu Xianxu, tells the story between a retired old and sharp-tongued woman and a rebellious and ignorant young boy, both of whom have a healing journey with a car for travelling.
A Still of Ciao
The film is directed by Song Xinqi, Beijing Film Academy with a degree in Directing, who was awarded with short films at several domestic and international film festivals. As soon as his career started, he received great recognition and a lot of support from the domestic industry in the preparation of his feature film debut. Ciao won the Excellent Project Award at the Project Pitches section of the 11th BJIFF and is also the first film launched under the Young Director Training Program initiated by Tencent Pictures.
Cast & crew of Ciao at the Red Carpet for the Opening Ceremony
The film symbolizes the spirit of the young Chinese filmmakers to fight and glow in the film industry and embodies the hope of the outstanding Chinese young filmmakers to realize their dreams from works.
Meet and greet with cast & crew of Ciao
The film Lost in the Stars is co-directed by two young filmmakers Cui Rui and Liu Xiang, supervised by Chen Sicheng, starring Zhu Yilong, Ni Ni, and Janice Man, and with Du Jiang as the special leading actor. The young director Cui Rui, who once participated in the creation of several award-winning short films at home and abroad, said during the Red Carpet for the Opening Ceremony of the 13th BJIFF that all the casts and crew are delighted of the shortlist for Tiantan Award and looking forward to more feedback from the audience after screening.
Cast & crew of Lost in the Stars at the Red Carpet for the Opening Ceremony
Liu Xiang, the other director of the film, has a deep connection with the BJIFF. His feature debut Knock Knock was nominated for the Most Popular Film at the 11th Forward Future Section. Liu Xiang's second feature film was also shortlisted for the Competition Section, Tiantan Award, showing a great potential.
Meet and greet with cast & crew of Lost in the Stars
The three films are jointly created with a number of award-winning directors and outstanding newcomers who bring new vitality and vigor to Chinese film industry from different dimensions to bring massive glories of Chinese films in domestic film festivals.
The tickets for the three shortlisted Chinese films were sold out shortly after opening for sale, which proves the high expectation of the film fans for the Chinese films. We can also see the extensive attention to them at the Red Carpet for the Opening Ceremony. They are like bright lights that will illuminate the hope and light the way for more peers and audiences in the industry. The great anticipation and concern also manifest the unlimited confidence of the audience to Chinese films and Chinese literary features for the future.
On April 29, the cast & crew of the 15 films shortlisted in the Competition Section, Tiantan Award will be present at the Closing Ceremony of the 13th BJIFF. Chinese stories are rising up to the world from the BJIFF. The final awards remain to be seen!