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Cinematic Group Will Show 3 Chinese Films

Cinematic Group Will Show 3 Chinese Films
Cinematic Group Will Show 3 Chinese Films

Art & Experience Cinematic Group, affiliated to the Iranian Organization of Cinema and Audiovisual Affairs, in collaboration with the Embassy of China has organized a three-day program to screen Chinese films.

The cinematic group covers 18 cinemas across Iran and provides an opportunity for public screening of worthwhile movies chosen from non-commercial films, and to demonstrate the excellence of their creators.

Three films have been selected for screening during the program which will be shown in Tehran, Kerman, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz and Babol.

“Chinese Cinema at a Glance” will open on Wednesday at Cinema Museum in Tehran with diplomats from the Chinese Embassy, well-known Iranian cineastes along with Tehran-based ambassadors and cultural attaches, Honaronline reported.

Aftershock (2010) by Feng Xiaogang, Mountains May Depart (2015) by Jia Zhangke, and  A Tale of Three Cities (2015) directed by Mabel Cheung are the films selected for screening.

Aftershock, a disaster drama, is about Li Yuanni, her husband and their two children who live in a small apartment in the Chinese city of Tangshan. One night in 1976, a quake strikes the city, destroying their home while the children slept and the couple is outside the building. Their apartment block collapses and traps the children under a mountain of rubble and twisted metal.

In Mountains May Depart, life of Tao and those close to her, is explored in three phases: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

The film begins with 25-year-old Tao, who works as a shopkeeper in the small town of Fenyang and is caught between two possible suitors. The first being Jingsheng, a wealthy gas station owner for whom she has little if any inclination, but is aware of his ability to change her life. The second is Liang a poor laborer who Tao feels more closely connected to. Eventually Tao decides to marry Jingsheng in the hope of leaving Fenyang.

The movie is Jia’s eighth feature film. It competed for the Palme d’Or in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It was also selected for screening in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

A Tale of Three Cities is a war romance set during World War II based on the real-life story of parents of Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer and stuntman Jackie Chan, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan. It offers an epic period drama about people whose trajectories are shaped by rapidly changing circumstances beyond their control.

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