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THE BELT AND ROAD FILM WEEK 2019



THE BELT AND ROAD FILM CULTURE ROUNDTABLE TALK: 
FILM FESTIVALS IN FOCUS
Time | 10:00-12:00, June 18th 2019
Venue | Jin Jue Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Shanghai
 
In addition to the “Big Three”, what other influential film festivals are there in the world? How do filmmakers come up with their own festival strategy and choose the most suitable film festival platform for personal growth and their films’ promotion? How to get informed on global film industry by participating in a film festival? 
 
How can the film festival strengthen its connection with the film industry? With deeper participation in distributing films, how can the festivals ensure its independence on awarding? From programming to publicity, how could the festivals better expose the films to the right audience and industry professionals? Has the development of online streaming platform like Netflix affected the film selection and screening of the festivals?
 
Over the past ten years, quite a few of the world-renowned auteur directors including Brillante Mendoza, JIA Zhangke, Emir Kusturica and Cristian Mungiu have founded their own film festivals. How is a film director managing film festival like? What do their film festivals have in common in terms of function and vision, and what makes them unique from other festivals?
 
The Cinephiles, filmmakers, film festival organizers, programmers, distributors, and publicists, etc. in all make a film festival work. On this panel, they will sit down and discuss the central role festivals play in today’s film industry, and exchange ideas on the crucial issues affecting the film festival world.
 
 
Guest Speakers:
Andriy Khalpakhchi | General Director, Kyiv International Film Festival
Alessandro Raja | CEO and Co-founder of Festival Scope & Festival Scope Pro
Brillante Mendoza | Philippines film director; Founder of Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival
Francesca Via | General Manager, Rome Film Festival
FU Wenxia | Shanghai International Film Festival
Ilda Santiago | Executive Director, Festival do Rio
Marge Liiske | Head of Industry, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Nazhat Shaikh | Director Finance, National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC)
Stefan Laudyn | Festival Director, Warsaw Film Festival
Samuel Jamier | Executive Director, New York Asian Film Festival
 

 
 
 
SIFF MARKET SCREENING & MEETING
Time | June 16th - 18th, 2019
Venue | Ballroom 3, Shanghai Exhibition Center
 
The 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival launches the new program Market Screening & Meeting, showcasing seven international films at SIFF Market and connecting film buyers from China and aboard.

Market Screening Film Slate

1. Title: Call for Dreams
Israel / Japan | 81 min | Fantasy | Director: Ran Slavin
* 6 / 16 / 2019 10:00 AM
In a rain drenched Tokyo, the lives of a curious Japanese lady and an Israeli police detective intertwine through dreams. After fainting in a pachinko parlor, Eko complicates her life by publishing a 'Call for Dreams' ad in a Tokyo newspaper. With her scooter she starts to visit strangers who leave enigmatic descriptions of their dreams on her analog answering machine and for a fee acts them out in return. But as the dreams start to seep into reality and a related police investigation of a murder in Tel Aviv unfolds, reality and fantasy intermittently intertwine.

2. Title: Between Two Seas
Egypt | 86 min | Drama / Family | Director: Anasa Tolba
* 6 /16 / 2019 12:00 PM
While on a short visit to her home village, a small rural island in near Cairo, Zahra’s daughter is exposed to a tragic accident. Following this incident, Zahra persists on getting her daughter’s right and insists on not only continuing her education but also benefiting her community. The film sheds light on dierent societal issues faced by women, especially in rural areas.
 
3. Title: The Sun Above Me Never Sets 
Russia | 108 min | Comedy | Director: Luibov Borisova
* 6 / 16 / 2019, 2:00 PM
Having quarreled with his father, Altan comes to work in the High North. He will have to spend a whole month alone on a deserted island. But soon Altan finds out he has a neighbor – an old man called Baibal. He came here to live out his last days and asks Altan to bury him near his wife’s grave. The boy learns that the old man’s daughter went missing long ago. He talks Baibal into launching an entertainment blog to find his daughter, and at the same time, to postpone the man’s plan to die. Every day, Altan does his best to make Baibal look forward to living another beautiful day...

4. Title: Bille 
Latvia / Lithuania / Czech Republic | 104 min | Drama / History | Director: Inara Kolmane
* 6 / 17 / 2019, 12:30 PM
An extraordinary and creative little girl attempts to comprehend the confusing adult world in Europe right before WWII and prove her own value despite the lack of appreciation and love from her mother. Confronted by her mother’s contempt for her, Bille tries to find an escape in her vivid imagination and look for the Dreamland. Growing up in the late 1930s poor working class family, she has many struggles ahead of her but eventually she finds the right way and proves that dreams may come true. BILLE is a women-led screen adaptation of the bestselling autobiographical novel BILLE by the famous Latvian author Vizma Belševica, a winner of Tomas Tranströmer Award and candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Filmed in the actual apartment the author spent her childhood in, the viewer is teleported back to 1930s and learns about her life in the most authentic way possible.

5. Title:My Foolish Heart
Poland | 83 min | Music / Biography | Director:Rolf van Eijk
* 6 / 17 / 2019, 2:30 PM
Amsterdam,1988. Detective Lucas is charged to investigate the mysterious death of music legend Chet Baker. While penetrating the mind of the infamous trumpetist, Lucas needs to face his own demons and shadows.

6. Title:Shindisi
Georgia | 105 min | War | Director:Dito Tsintsadze
* 6 / 18 / 2019, 10:00 AM
This film is based on the real story of the Russian-Georgian War in 2008. The village of Shindisi is occupied by the Russian forces. Most of the residents have fled except for local villagers Badri and Vazha; Badri has a terminally ill wife, Vazha is taking care of a 12-year-old daughter who lost her mother. After the agreement on a ceasefire, Georgian army is leaving the conflict zone with a guarantee of safe passage, but Russian military violates the peace agreement and ambushes the Georgian army near the village “Shindisi.” At the cost of their own lives, those who have remained try to hide the Georgian soldiers wounded in an unequal struggle.

7.  Title: Werewolf
Poland / Netherland / Germany | 88 min | Thriller | Director: Adrian Panek
* 6 / 18 / 2019, 3:30 PM
Summer, 1945. Eight children from Gross Rosen concentration camp find a provisional hiding place in an abandoned orphanage nearby, lost among forests. It seems that after the horrors of the war feral children may come back to normal life. All of a sudden idyllic atmosphere of peace and quietness is interrupted. The nightmare returns. In the surrounding forests wolfhounds are circling. The dogs were released by SS officers before the liberation of Gross Rosen camp. Wolfhounds - taught and used to kill prisoners - surrounded young heroes in the orphanage. All the attempts of escaping the place are failing. Children without any food and water turn into madness and wilderness once again. But the real danger lurks inside the palace. 

SIFF MARKET BUYERS MIX & MEETING
* 6 / 18 / 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Intro
SIFF Market Buyers Mix & Meeting invites film buyers, producers, and film directors to meet and share their thoughts on film acquisition & promotion, film market, and potential opportunities.
Form
Panel in a relaxing atmosphere + free talk 
Participants
International sales agents, Chinese film buyers & distributors, producers and filmmakers from both China and abroad
Topics
· What makes you buy a film? What factors may contribute to a buyer’s decision?
· How to bring a film into Chinese market? How to promote a Chinese film overseas?
· Difficulties may encounter in importing foreign films to China.
· Questions & solutions: puzzlements of Chinese buyers when selecting and importing Chinese films; misconception and obstructions of film promotion overseas.
· What/how are the peers doing now?
 

 
 
 
 
SIFF MARKET SHOWCASE: GLOBAL FILM PRODUCTION INCENTIVES
Time | 10:00-12:20, June 16th 2019
Venue | The Belt and Road Pavilion, Shanghai Exhibition Center
 
As part of the program of The Belt and Road Film Week, this event offers an opportunity for global film professionals to introduce the co-production policies, film shooting sites and film production incentives of their countries towards SIFF Film Market attendees. Film festivals and institutions from New Zealand, Indonesia, Latvia, Lebanon, Romania, Israel and Poland will do the presentations and promote communication and cooperation across different civilizations. 
 

PRESENTATIONS

1.10:00-10:20
Country: New Zealand
Alliance member: New Zealand Film Commission
Presenter: Chris Payne | Head of International Relations, New Zealand Film Commission
Presentation Title: Partnering for Success: Work with New Zealand
About: An overview of the New Zealand film industry, including co-production activity and policies, incentives and other support for film and series production and/or post-production in New Zealand.

2.10:20-10:40
Country: Indonesia
Alliance member: Indonesian Film Board (BPI)
Presenter: Celerina Judisari | Head of Departments, Indonesian Film Board (BPI)
Presentation Title: Filming in Indonesia
About: Indonesia with it's 17,500 islands and thousands of tribes offers a variety of stunning landscapes and rich cultural atmosphere. Within those incredible diversity, there is no scene that cannot be set in Indonesia. In order to smoothen production planning, Indonesian Film Board (BPI) together with The Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF) and The Indonesian Film Development Centre, have initiated to provide integrated film production services and incentives in some territories.

3.10:40-11:00
Country: Israel
Presenter: Merav Ktorza | Producer, Director 
Presentation Title: Filming at the Israeli Deserts - The best of all worlds
Spirituality, beauty, and vividness in a most reliable and safe environment for film making
About: Let me welcome you to infinite open skylines, outstanding landscapes, sand dunes, endless versatility of textures, red granite mountains, sault mountains, psychedelic military exercise zones, waterfalls and cisterns, old cities, ancients cultures and spiritual rituals petroglyph sites, beautiful beaches of the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. A deep source of inspirational sites far away but still so close to commercial centers, airports and fancy hotels, bars, and restaurants. 
The Negev desert and the Judaean Desert presents around 70% of the Israeli state. Peaceful, not only because of the scenery but also because most of them are located outside of conflict zones. Hightech mind and good heart crews allow high value production abilities, professional attitude, and schedule reliability. Please be welcome to join me on a tour in the Israeli deserts as a great canvas that will enable you to create your own worlds.

4.11:00-11:20
Country: Latvia
Alliance member: Latvia National Film Centre
Presenter: Dita Rietuma | Director, Latvia National Film Centre
Presentation Title: Discover Latvia
About: The situation in the Latvian film industry including film shooting sites, the rise of production and admissions in 2018, etc.. Information on cash rebate in Latvia for the film crews coming to film there.

5.11:20-11:40
Country: Lebanon
Alliance member: NDU International Film Festival
Presenter: Sam Lahoud | Director, NDU International Film Festival
Presentation Title: Challenges of Independent Film Production in the Middle East & Investment Opportunities – Focus on Beirut
About: Challenges and future of film production in Lebanon. Investment opportunities and filming in Lebanon.

6.11:40-12:00
Country: Romania
Alliance member: Transilvania International Film Festival
Presenter: Cristian Hordila | Festival Manager of Transilvania International Film Festival
About: 1.tax incentives from the Romanian Government, 2.National Film Fund policies for co-producing 3.Cluj-Napoca / Transilvania and how can you shoot here 4.about the local fund and new programs for gaming and virtual production.

7.12:00-12:20
Country: Poland
Alliance member: Polish Film Institute
Presenter: Radosław Śmigulski | Director of Polish Film Institute

 
THE BELT AND ROAD FILM NIGHT
Time | 18:15-21:00, June 19th 2019
Venue | Walt Disney Grand Theater, Shanghai

The Belt and Road Film Night is the awarding ceremony for The Belt and Road Film Week. 
 
Here, we invite renowned filmmakers from both China and across the world to meet and share their understandings of cinema. 
 
Here, after synthesizing professional opinions from film journalists and critics, we present the three awards to honor excellent films and filmmakers from The Belt and Road Film Week. 
 
It is a grand gathering, a gathering of friendships, a gathering of films and filmmakers.
 
Award Presenters: Brillante Mendoza, Nadav Lapid, Peyman Yazdanian, Emily Beecham, YONG Mei, GUO Fan, HUANG Lu, ZENG Meihuizi, ZHENG Kai, etc.
 
Agenda: Red Carpet, Guest Presentation, Special Performance, Award Presenting. 
 
Guests: Representatives from The Belt and Road Film Festival Alliance members, Representatives of The Belt and Road Film Week film crews, Well-known filmmakers from domestic and abroad, film lovers…
 
Last year our guests: Wu Jing, Xu Zheng, Yan Geling, Chen Sicheng, Celina Jade, Tian Hua, Wang Likun, Manfred Wong…
 
 


 
THE BELT AND ROAD FILM WEEK SCREENINGS

CRYSTAL SWAN
 
(Nominated Film)
Director: Darya Zhuk
Belarus / USA / Germany / Russia  2018 
 
In post-Soviet Belarus, unemployed raver Velya dreams of emigrating to the U.S. After purchasing blank letterhead and forging proof of employment to win a much coveted visa, her dream appears within reach… Until Velya realizes the American consulate plans to call the fake phone number on her application to confirm her employment. Velya’s only solution is to endure a week in a small factory town to convince the authorities of her supposed job. She locates the cramped Soviet apartment on the other end of the line, overrun by a family preparing for the wedding of their son. The imperious mother refuses to lie for her, but Velya negotiates a solution: she can answer the phone during business hours as if she works at the factory. But Velya’s presence soon upends both the family’s and the town’s order, with potentially disastrous consequences for all.

A FIRST FAREWELL
 
(Nominated Film)
Director: WANG Lina
China 2018
 
Isa Yasan is a Muslim boy from the countryside in Xinjiang, China. Isa loves his mother deeply, and is torn among taking care of his deaf mother, going to school and doing farm work. He is friends with a lively little girl named Kalbinur. They are taking care of an adorable lamb together. Kalbinur's grades in her Uyghur are good, but her Chinese scores are terrible. Her mother wants to move to the city and find temporary work so Kalbinur can go to a Chinese school. That winter, Isa's father decides to send Isa's mother to a nursing home, and Kalbinur's family makes plans to leave the village. Isa reads a story called "A First Farewell" in school, and although he does not fully understand the idea of farewell, he will soon experience it himself.

SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE
 
(Nominated Film) 
Director: Martti Helde
Estonia / France / Belgium 2019
 
A film with three parts, two characters and one obsession: to prevent the past from taking over. We never dreamt of a good life. We dreamt of a normal life. 

GENESIS
 
(Nominated Film) 
Director: Arpád Bogdán
Hungary 2018
 
The three stories within GENESIS are rooted in the biblical notion of family: a Roma boy’s family are killed and his perfect world is destroyed; a mother goes to extreme lengths to ensure that her child is saved from the fate that she was forced to endure; a lawyer risks her career for the truth to rediscover the faith she lost with her child. All three stories are based on real events that took place in Hungary: the Roma murders. 

SUI DHAAGA: MADE IN INDIA
 
(Nominated Film) 
Director: Sharat Katariya
India 2018
 
Mauji and Mamta are a married couple living with Mauji’s parents, whose father is about to retire. To keep the stove running, Mauji keeps succumbing to his bully boss until his wife encourages her to put his dignity above anything. With Mamta's support, Mauji set up a tailoring business in hope of making it big. In the process of supporting each other while doing their own business, the couple feels getting really closer to each other for the first time in their lives… This is a loving story of a poor but hopeful Indian family. 

BILLE
 
(Nominated Film) 
Director: Inara Kolmane
Latvia / Lithuania / Czech Republic 2018
 
An extraordinary and creative little girl attempts to comprehend the confusing adult world in Europe right before WWII and prove her own value despite the lack of appreciation and love from her mother. BILLE is a women-led screen adaptation of the bestselling novel BILLE by a Latvian author Nobel Prize candidate Vizma Belsevica.

GOOD MORNING
 
(Nominated Film) 
Director: Bahij Hojeij
Lebanon 2018
 
A former Interior Security Forces General of 80 years old, and a former Army doctor of 84, go every day to the same coffee shop, to sip quietly their espresso, and to make crossword puzzles, to avoid loss of memory, Alzheimer's disease. As the film progresses, we enter the thoughts of our two characters, confronted to a chaotic world and to disappearance: theirs, and that of a certain Lebanon and of a region filled with violence, terrorism, and wars.

THE SUN ABOVE ME NEVER SETS
 
(Nominated Film) 
Director: Lyubov Borisova
Russia 2019
 
Having quarreled with his father, Altan comes to work in the High North. He will have to spend a whole month alone on a deserted island. But soon Altan finds out he has a neighbor – an old man called Baibal. He came here to live out his last days and asks Altan to bury him near his wife’s grave. The boy learns that the old man’s daughter went missing long ago. He talks Baibal into launching an entertainment blog to find his daughter, and at the same time, to postpone the man’s plan to die. Every day, Altan does his best to make Baibal look forward to living another beautiful day...

IN SPRING BREEZE
 
Director: Tauquir Ahmed
Bangladesh 2019
 
In 1952, a Pakistani police officer comes to a small town in southern east Pakistan. The eccentric officer is not only a proud Nationalist but also a racist cruel being. He orders all soldiers in the police station to speak in Urdu, but next morning he finds absolute silence, because most of the people did not know the foreign language Urdu. Then he arranges Urdu language class for them and all passers-by. He writes a letter to the Prime Minister Nazim Uddin to implement the announcement by Mohammad Ali Zinnah, the father of the nation. The letter never reaches the Prime Minister but coincidentally the Prime Minister declares that Urdu shall be the only state language. Now he becomes more aggressive to change people’s language and all the sign boards. Students want to protest the issue and that annoys him more. He bans all sorts of protests and engages the government party cadres to control. One of the students Monju dies in an encounter and the pregnant sweeper’s daughter commits suicide. The small town breaks into a silent protest and resembles the whole country. 

UNREMEMBER
 
Director:  Flavia Castro
Brazil / France / Qatar 2018
 
Joana grew up in Paris surrounded by rock and literature. But in the early 80s, when amnesty is granted in Brazil, Joana moves back to the country she barely remembers, overnight and against her will. In Rio, she recovers pieces of memories from a fragmented childhood and a missing father. Not everything is real, not everything is imagination. And as she remembers, Joana is able to write her own story in the present tense.

IRINA
 
Director: Nadejda Koseva
Bulgaria 2018
 
Irina is a part-time waitress in a small Bulgarian town. On the very same day when she is fired, her husband gets into a serious accident. Irina’s family is trapped in poverty. To make ends meet, she becomes a surrogate mother. Fights, despair and the seed of life growing in her belly bring on another wave to this rough and wrecked life. Slowly, Irina discovers what it means to love and to forgive.

EXT. NIGHT
 
Director: Ahmad Abdalla
Egypt / UAE 2018
 
Moe, Toutou, Mostafa, three individuals who represent three different social strata were brought together at one extraordinary night by fate, breaking the social norm and flirting with its boundaries. Each is fighting his/her own battle, leading to a journey they didn’t expect inside their city. And they see a side of the city they never witnessed before. As a road movie, the director shows the life customs of different classes and genders in Egypt through a trip of three people and overlaps reality and fictional images together. It also reflects the current existing social conflicts in Egypt. It is a cozy and gorgeous film that shows the concept and big reality through dialogue and dramatic conflicts. 

HORIZON
 
Director: Roland Vranik
Georgia / Sweden 2018
 
Giorgi and Ana, in their late 30-s, once a loving couple is in the difficult process of separation, which goes quietly without attracting attention of others.  Affect and shock seems to be passed, but getting used to new way of life lasts long and seems endless. Giorgi can’t get used to it. The pain of being rejected from the beloved, closest person doesn’t allow him to start new life. He isolates himself from the rest of the world, moves far, near the sea, settles in abandoned place surrounded with lonely people. Ana waits for all to pass, but the end turns to be unexpected for both of them, leaving Ana in guilt and vagueness. 

WE ARE ALL TOGETHER
 
Director: Kamal Tabrizi
Iran 2019
 
There was an airlines company on the verge of bankruptcy. The manager held a meeting with the co-owners. They came to a solution: To gather a group of suicidal individuals and come to an agreement with them. She met a wide range of people: a surgeon who was expert in using the phrase; a filmmaker who had not won even a single national award for his films; a teacher who was known for his violent reactions to his students; a pilot who was famous for his plane crashes; a smuggler who lost a truck full of drugs; and so on. The bunch of the losers were supposed to board a plane altogether, but one of them did not come to the airport. Instead of the missing passenger, one stranger entered the plane. With a stranger among them, taking every step devised in the plan seemed to be complicated, mysterious, and of course absurd – however they were all together. For this reason, the manager, the pilot and the passengers are questioned - all of them along with an absolute stranger…

THE DAY AFTER I’M GONE
 
Director: Nimrod Eldar
Israel 2019
 
Yoram, a 50-year-old veterinarian living in Tel-Aviv is forced to re-examine his relationship with his adolescent daughter Roni, after she wishes to end her life. He decides to take her on a journey to visit her mother’s family, a process of self and mutual discovery in a primordial desert land enveloping the Dead Sea. Nimrod Eldar’s first feature tells the stories of injured animals, injured daughters and an injured country. Leaving Tel Aviv might be the last hope for the single father. 

THE TRAITOR
 
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Italy / France / Brazil / Germany 2019
 
This is the story of a man called a traitor. The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called "boss of the two worlds", first mafia informant in Sicily 1980's. He originally wanted to retire from the underworld, but his brother and little son were killed by the mafia in Brazil. He was mad and chose to be extradited to Italy to cooperate with the police to complete revenge. He betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.

SASHA WAS HERE
 
Director: Ernestas Jankauskas
Lithuania / Finland 2018
 
Jurga and Tomas are driving to meet the 6-year-old girl they plan to adopt. Once they arrive at the orphanage, they find out there’s been a mistake. Instead of the girl, 12-year-old boy, called Sasha greets them. Director offers them a single option – either they spend a day with the boy and she will explain the error to the adoption agency, or they refuse and she records their refusal and they won’t get a girl. Jurga decides to accept the offer without consulting with Tomas first. The day becomes very difficult for Jurga – Sasha is swearing, stealing, and smoking. Tom is not talking with her. When it appears that Sasha also knows that he won’t be adopted, Jurga promises to take the boy to adventure park. By the end of the day, all three main characters will need to find an answer to what is a real family.  

HEAVEN’S WAITING
 
Director: Dan Villegas
Philippines 2018
 
Lisang is two years late. After dying from a complication of diabetes in her 60’s, Lisang has overstayed in her waiting room in purgatory, occasionally causing other souls trouble for her own entertainment. But today her waiting ends. Today, she is finally set to crossover and her room is to be leased to a new tenant: Manolo, her newly deceased ex-boyfriend.

WEREWOLF
 
Director: Adrian Panek
Poland 2018
 
Summer, 1945. Eight children from Gross Rosen concentration camp find a provisional hiding place in an abandoned orphanage nearby, lost among forests. It seems that after the horrors of the war feral children may come back to normal life. All of a sudden idyllic atmosphere of peace and quietness is interrupted. The nightmare returns. In the surrounding forests wolfhounds are circling. The dogs were released by SS officers before the liberation of Gross Rosen camp. Wolfhounds - taught and used to kill prisoners - surrounded young heroes in the orphanage. All the attempts of escaping the place are failing. Children without any food and water turn into madness and wilderness once again. But the real danger lurks inside the palace.

PARKING
 
Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Russia / Serbia 2019
 
Adrian is a poet, a Romanian immigrant working as night guard at a car dealership in Cordoba. He speaks Spanish, he lives utterly alone and all he wants is to write and start a new life. His encounter with Maria, during the Night of SanJuan, seems written in the stars. Their passion, oblivious of anyone and anything, will soon be tested by the challenges they must face together. Love and literature will save Adrian.

THE BALKAN LINE
 
Director: Andrey Volgin
Italy / France / Brazil / Germany 2019
 
Yugoslavia, 1999. The Russian task force receives an order to take control of the Slatina airport in Kosovo and hold it until the arrival of the reinforcements. The task force is squaring off with the terrorists in an uphill battle while Russian peacekeepers and NATO forces are rushing to support. But for Andrei Shatalov, the commander of the task force, politics are an afterthought. His girlfriend Yasna is among the hostages at the airport.

SIBEL
 
Director: Guillaume Giovanetti & Cagla Zencirci
Turkey / France / Germany / Luxembourg 2018
 
25-year-old Sibel lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey's Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language of the area. Rejected by her fellow villagers, she relentlessly hunts down a wolf that is said to be prowling in the neighboring forest, sparking off fears and fantasies among the village women. There she crosses path with a fugitive. Injured, threatening and vulnerable, he is the first one to take a fresh look at her.

SORRY, WE MISSED YOU
 
Director: Ken Loach
UK / France / Belgium 2019
 
Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.

THE FAREWELL
 
Director: Lulu Wang
USA / China 2019
 
In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai (grandma), has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.
 
 
THE BELT AND ROAD FILM WEEK
JURY MEMBERS FOR MEDIA CHOICE’S AWARDS
 
 

Ahmed Muztaba Zamal
Ahmed Muztaba Zamal is a Bangladeshi film critic. He is founder & festival director of the Dhaka International Film Festival, president of Rainbow Film Society, and editor of quarterly film magazine Celluloid. He has been selected as a jury member from International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for several major film festivals, including Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and Locarno Film Festival.

 

DONG Shu
DONG Shu is a Chinese film critic. He is the Managing Editor of WeChat media account Pai Movie. From 2010 to 2014, he worked at Shanghai International Film Festival as a film selector.
In 2014, he was a jury member for the shortlist stage of Chinese Film Media Awards. Dong obtained his Master degree in Film Studies from Shanghai University.

 

Tristan Priimägi
Tristan Priimägi is a film critic from Estonia. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, and written about film, music and pop culture. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Cinema section at the Estonian weekly cultural paper SIRP. Previously, he was the head of International Relations at Estonian Film Institute, and a member of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Selection Committee. 

 

Ádám Csiger
Ádám Csiger is a Hungarian film critic. Csiger is working at one of Hungary’s leading online news site (www.origo.hu). He is also publishing at Filmvilág magazine (printed media), which represents the highest level of professional publications about the Film industry in Hungary.
 

Kamyar Mohsenin 
Born in 1971 in Tehran, Kamyar MOHSENIN studied Control & Instrument Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. After working as film critic and translator with different film magazines as well as Iranian National Film Archive publications, he started an analytical TV Program, “Film 90’s”, as researcher and co-creator in 1996. He co-wrote his first book, “James Bond, 35 Years with a Phenomenon” in 1997. Mohsenin began his collaboration with Farabi Cinema Foundation as Research Executive in 1998. Since then, he has been involved in organization of such international film events as Fajr, Iranian Film Market, Children and Young Adults, Kish, Urban, etc. and publication of “Annual Selection of Iranian Films”, “Iranian Film Market Guide” and so on. Mohsenin has been a lecturer in different courses on the history of cinema and also a film critic in International Film Guide, film magazines, papers and TV programs. He has been working with FIFF (Fajr International Film Festival) since 2016 as Manager of International Relations.
 

 

 

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