Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 October 2019

China Film Week kicks off tonight in Dubai

Event returns with Chinese films screened in the emirate

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hala China. Reem Mohammed / The National
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hala China. Reem Mohammed / The National

The second China Film Week kicks off tonight at Roxy Cinemas at City Walk and The Beach. The week-long event runs until Saturday, October 5 and will see some of the Chinese film industry’s biggest stars and directors come to Dubai for the star-studded red carpet opening night.

Director Stanley Tong, who is best known for his work with Jackie Chan including the partially shot in Dubai Kung Fu Yoga, will make an appearance. Chinese directors Zhang Jizhong and Tian Yusheng will also be on the red carpet as will film and TV stars Chen Jianbin, Jiang Qinqin and Han Geng.

The event will also host the worldwide premiere of Andrew Lau’s film The Chinese Captain, which is based on the real-life events of a Sichaun Airlines flight that saw its cockpit windshield shattered while flying in the air. It will tie in with a same-day screening in China for the first time.

The premier of Chinese Captain will follow an exclusive red-carpet gala dinner hosted at City Walk, where VIP guests will be treated to performances from Chinese singer and ehru (stringed instrument known as the “Chinese violin”) musician Alan Dawazhuoma and Spotlight, the Thai boy band from Chinese reality show Produce 101.

During the gala evening, guests will be treated to traditional Emirati and Chinese dance performances, in a symbolic show of the cultural exchanges between the UAE and China.

In addition, ten popular Chinese blockbusters will be screened throughout the week, including How Long Will I Love You, Hold Your Hands, and The Photographer. The subtitled films screening in Dubai for the week have been part of a huge, recent success in China’s film industry.

“As China’s film industry grows, so does the UAE’s. Together, there is much we can offer each other; with China’s film industry a model of home-grown success and the UAE’s world-class infrastructure, state-of-the-art production and post production facilities,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hala China.

For more information, visit www.halachina.ae

Updated: September 30, 2019 04:27 AM

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