This is the first time when Chinese Film Festival was organised in Kolkata in collaboration with the Information and Cultural Affairs department of the state government.
Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi, actor Rituparna Sen and Chinese consul-general Ma Zhanwu was present the inaugural ceremony.
Trivedi later said that the world needs to be together as repeated incidents of terror attacks were taking place in different parts of the world as it recently took place in Bangladesh and France. Art, culture and music are common to all and it binds the world together, he said.
Trivedi maintained: “Kolkata is cultural capital of the country and such programme is always welcome in the city.”
The film festival that started on Sunday will continue till July 20. A total of seven movies including
the 1981 animation film “Nine-coloured deer”, “The Monkey King: Uproar in heaven”, “Not one less”, “So Young”, “Fleet of Time” and the Oscar winning movie “The Last Emperor” will be screened. Two movies each will be screened on the next three days at the Nandan auditorium.
This is the first time the effort was taken to let the city dwellers watch Chinese movies. Earlier individual steps were taken by some schools to screen Chinese movies in their respective schools.
The Chinese Consul-General said that the film festival in Kolkata will increase the bilateral cultural exchange between the city of joy and Beijing.
It may be mentioned that he has also proposed to send a delegation comprising senior directors and actors from Tollywood to China where a film festival will be held to screen the movies made in Kolkata.
He said that some well known directors from China are also expected to visit the city during the Kolkata International Film Festival.
The exchange of films and visit of delegations to each others’ places will improve the cultural ties.