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La Biennale di Venezia and ANICA, with the Italian Institute of Culture and the Embassy of Italy, will bring a selection of Italian films from the 74. Venice Film Festival to China.

 

The first edition of “From Venice to China – Following the Silk Road” will open on June 28th in Beijing. Two days later, it will open in Shanghai too, and will be on until July 8th.

 

The event has been announced by the Ambassador Ettore Segui during the Focus on Italy – Dialogue between Filmmakers of Italy and China, organized by Anica and China Film Co-Production Corporation during the Shanghai Film Festival. As Segui explains: “With ‘From Venice to China’ we are launching the first edition of ‘Making Cinema – Week of Italian Cinema in the World’, an initiative promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Thanks to the collaboration of the Venice Film Festival and Anica, we are bringing to China a significant selection of films that represented Italy at the latest edition of the Mostra. The aim is to create an ideal bridge between our cinema and the Chinese audience. This event is meant to set another important stone on that silk road of the arts and culture that links Italy and China also nowadays.”

 

Roberto Stabile, in charge of the Project China and coordinator of the Audiovisual Desks at the ICE-Agenzia, stated: “It’s another step forward towards the consolidation of the relations between Italy and China. Anica is working on it on behalf of the Cinema Directorate General, with the support of Ice-Agenzia and the collaboration of the Farnesina’s DGSP. The event is made possible thanks to the China Film Archive and especially to the Biennale di Venezia that, besides offering this valuable selection of films, hosts the Focus China every year. At its third edition this is already an event not to be missed, and this year it’ll take place from August 29 to September 1.”

 

The program includes Manetti Bros.’ Love and Bullets, Sebastiano Riso’s A Family, Andrea Pallaoro’s Hannah, Giovanni Totaro’s Happy Winter, Abel Ferrara’s Piazza Vittorio, and Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico 1988.

 

The Biennale di Venezia stated: “China has been added to the cultural project of promotion and diffusion of Italian cinema in the world, started by the Biennale in Brazil in 2005 and then brought to Russia in 2006, Corea in 2012, Croatia, Lebanon and Singapore in 2014, and the Philippines in 2017.” The Opening Ceremony will take place on June 28th at the China Film Archive in Beijing. Multi-award winning director Wang Xiaoshai will attend the event.

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