The much-anticipated Belt and Road Film Week commenced on Saturday as part of the ongoing 25th Shanghai International Film Festival in the bustling city of Shanghai. This year’s event promises to be a captivating celebration of global cinema, with a diverse selection of 20 films from both home and abroad slated for screening.
The competitive section of the film week will feature eight outstanding films vying for prestigious awards. Among the contenders are the Chinese production “Absence” and the Hungarian masterpiece “Six Weeks.” These films, alongside others, will captivate audiences with their unique storytelling and cinematic brilliance.
The Belt and Road Film Week aims to foster deeper exchanges and cultural connections among nations through the medium of film. Lei Jiayin, a renowned Chinese actor and this year’s promotional ambassador for the event, expressed the significance of cinema as a window into different lives and dreams. “Film is a showcase of life and dreams. People long for more and deeper exchanges through film,” Lei remarked. He further emphasized the shared desire of filmmakers worldwide to create exceptional works that reflect the rich history, dynamic present, and promising future of the “Belt and Road” initiative.
The 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative and the 5th anniversary of the Belt and Road Film Festival Alliance make this year’s film week all the more special. With 55 signing partners across the globe, the alliance has achieved remarkable success in fostering collaboration and cultural exchange among participating nations.
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Belt and Road Film Week will captivate audiences until June 18, offering more than just film screenings. In addition to the diverse selection of movies, the event will feature a series of thought-provoking activities such as summits, forums, and contests. These supplementary events will provide opportunities for filmmakers, industry professionals, and enthusiasts to engage in meaningful discussions, exchange ideas, and explore the future of cinema within the context of the Belt and Road Initiative.
As the curtains rise on this year’s Belt and Road Film Week, audiences eagerly anticipate the unforgettable cinematic experiences that await them. With a collection of compelling films from around the world and a platform for cross-cultural dialogue, this event is poised to showcase the power of cinema as a universal language that connects people and bridges continents.