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12th Pyongyang Int'l Film Festival opens

09-21-2010 08:55 BJT

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The 12th Pyongyang International Film Festival opened on September 17th.

It's a film festival with a difference. It doesn't have the glitz and glamour that normally goes with film industry events, but it does bring a lot of foreign films to local people of the DPRK.

The opening ceremony was held Friday at Pyongyang's "People's Palace of Culture", a venue which is often used to host international events.

Nearly one-hundred foreign productions, including both feature films and documentaries is shown at the festival. The foreign films come from a diverse range of countries. There's a huge variety of stories and subject matter on show.

Kim Thae Hun, section chief of Pyongyang Int'l Film Festival, said, "During the 12th Pyongyang International Film Festival, our people will get a good access to the national characteristics of people from other countries, and we will be able to intensify the exchange of films with other countries."

Daniel Otto, film & program buyer from Germany, said, "Actually it's my fifth time already here at the Pyongyang Film Festival, so I came about twelve years ago, and I had a tour with some other cinema owners which are friends of mine from Germany, and from that time on, I was constantly invited, and the Pyongyang Film Festival people asked me if I could introduce films to them from my country, in that case, Germany."

A series of DPRK's films is also screened. An international jury of five film experts will judge films to decide which will win the festival's "Torch Prizes".

Some of the festival's films are shown at the Pyongyang International Cinema House, while others are shown in cinemas across the city.

The festival was first held in 1987, and normally happens once every two years. The 12th Pyongyang International Film Festival runs from September 17th through the 24th.

Posters of 12th Pyongyang Int'l Film Festival

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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