'Magnificent 5' project to open BRICS Film Festival

By Zhang Rui
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The 2017 BRICS Film Festival will be held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in June and Chinese director Jia Zhangke's new short film will have its debut screening there, it was announced at the 7th Beijing International Film Festival.

A poster of "Where Has the Time Gone," a BRICS "Magnificent 5" film project. [Photo / China.org.cn] 

Thirty films from BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will be screened, including an anthology of short films by five directors from the countries involved under the title of "Where Has the Time Gone."

The feature film, consisting of five 18-minute shorts on the same theme, is the joint work of Walter Salles from Brazil, Aleksey Fedorchenko from Russia, Madhur Bhandarkar from India, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka from South Africa, and Jia Zhangke from China. The collaboration project known as the "Magnificent 5" was a creative idea formed when leaders of the five countries met in India in 2016.

Jia told a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday: "The emotions from all five stories can be shared by everyone. The five BRICS countries share similarities in their fast growth, but have also faced big challenges at the same time. It will be very interesting to see how the cultures clash and how we show different approaches of wisdom on the same theme."

The title of his short is literally translated as "Meeting the Spring," which was shot in Pingyao, Shanxi Province, and stars actress Zhao Tao. It’s a story inspired by China's second child policy. The film will be widely released in China in September after its premiere at the BRICS film festival.

Jia added that the film would be a good demonstration of the deep communications and cooperation among the film industries of the BRICS countries.

Chinese director Xie Fei will preside over the festival's jury to decide best picture, best director and best actors.

The first BRICS Film Festival was held in New Delhi, India, last September. This year's edition will be held in Chengdu June 23-27.

China will host the ninth BRICS annual summit in the coastal city of Xiamen this September, as the country takes the rotating chair of the influential bloc. The BRICS Film Festival is one of a series of activities preceding the summit.

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