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Exclusive: Zhang Yuan on "Beijing Flickers"

10-11-2012 10:28 BJT

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Hong Kong thriller "Cold War" kicked off Busan International Film Festival as its opening film, with Chinese actor, Tang Wei, as host and top film director Jia Zhangke as dean of the Asian Film Academy. The film festival is bringing Chinese filmmakers increasingly into the limelight. CCTV reporter went to Busan for an exclusive interview with film director, Zhang Yuan, described by film experts as a pioneer of China’s sixth Generation of filmmakers. Let’s hear what he has to say about his latest film, "Beijing Flickers", and the Busan International Film Festival.

CCTV reporter went to Busan for an exclusive interview with film director,
Zhang Yuan, described by film experts as a pioneer of China’s sixth
Generation of filmmakers.

Prolific sixth-generation Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan is promoting his latest film "Beijing Flickers" at Busan.

The socially conscious film explores the reality behind Beijing’s economic boom through the eyes of its most marginalized citizens. It focuses on several young people who live in China’s teeming capital. A young man who loses everything: his job, his girlfriend and even his dog; A heartbroken hotel car attendant; and an out-of-work, doe-eyed singer. All of them equally crushed by the pressures of the big city.

Prolific sixth-generation Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan
is promoting his latest film "Beijing Flickers" at Busan.

Zhang Yuan, Chinese Director, said, "In this movie, I want to show the real life of young people who feel marginalized. China’s economic boom has enabled many of the younger generation to live a decent life. But there are still many left behind. They struggle in the cities and can’t find a way out. So this movie shows stories that usually go untold."

This film marks a return to the terrain Zhang first explored in his 1993 production "Beijing Bastards", which was also the first indie movie in China.

As part of the research into the subject matter of his new movie, Zhang Yuan organized a seminar, where he spoke to hundreds of young Chinese people.

Zhang Yuan, Chinese Director, said, "When I shot "Beijing Bastards", I was in my 20s. So I knew what the young people at that time looked like and what they felt. "Beijing Flickers" is also a movie about young people. But I’m not a young man anymore and I’m not a part of today’s young generation. So I decided to organize that seminar. And talking with the young people helped me with the film’s many precise and incisive details."

Prolific sixth-generation Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan
is promoting his latest film "Beijing Flickers" at Busan.

Born in 1963, Zhang Yuan is a talented and independent filmmaker. He was named one of the world’s top 100 young industry leaders of the 21st century by Time magazine in 1994.

His other works include the Berlin Film Festival award-winning "Little Red Flowers, "Beijing Bastards" and "Green Tea", starring famous actors Vicky Zhao and Jiang Wen.

Here in Busan, he’s been surprised to discover that many South Korean audiences have seen his previous productions.

Zhang Yuan also said, "The audience here are very passionate. I’m happy to learn that many of them know my other films and I’m impressed by the quality of the questions they asked."

The Busan International Film Festival ends on Saturday.

Prolific sixth-generation Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan is
promoting his latest film "Beijing Flickers" at Busan.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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