Inaugural Chinese film festival takes to the screens of Leicester

The first ever festival dedicated to the celebration of contemporary Chinese cinema in the East Midlands is set to start in Leicester next week (14-20 November).

The festival named ‘Electric Shadows’ will not only include a screening programme of the latest films from Greater China at Showcase Cinema in Leicester, but also a series of events dedicated to free Mandarin lessons by the Confucius Institute at DMU- as well as industry networking at the LCB Depot.

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Seven feature films have been selected for this year’s festival organised by DMU Confucius Institute in partnership with UK-China Film Collab (UCFC), aiming to provide an alternative space for public discussions and promote international film.

 Dr Hiu Man Chan, Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries and Founder of UK-China Film Collab said: “Film diplomacy has always been the core for my research and practice. Programming for the first Leicester Chinese film festival with the Confucius Institute has been an eye-opening experience.

“It’s a new chapter of history for cinema-going in the city of Leicester, a home to many different communities and I believe the more films we watch from other countries, the more informed we are to conduct constructive conversation."

Focusing on the theme of ‘connectivity’ this year, the festival kick-starts on Monday 14 November at Showcase Cinema with a UK premier of “My Indian Boyfriend”- a Chinese and Indian comedy, a love story between a Hong Kong Chinese girl and an Indian boy, encapsulating the drama of conflicts caused by racial discrimination and differences in social culture.

The closing film of the festival will also see the UK premier of the first offical Italian-Chinese co-production, "The Italian Recipe"- another cross-cultural romantic comedy between a spoiled pop star from China and a simple girl with a big dream of becoming a chef in Rome.

A full listing of films being shown at Showcase, Leicester throughout the festival can be found here.

The film festival has been organised by a number of DMU staff, including; Dr Kate Gerrard, Director of Faculty Operations and Director of Global Campus Operations, Dr Yingjun Yang, Chinese Director of DMU Confucius Institute and Dr Hiu Man Chan, Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries and Founder of UK-China Film Collab.

Dr Yingjun Yang, Chinese Director of DMU Confucius Institute said: “DMU Confucius Institute is proud to have co-organised the first Leicester Chinese film festival and I would like to thank all our partners, especially UK-China Film Collab.

“After almost a year of preparation, we are finally able to present a broad array of Chinese films to the people of Leicester and we hope the festival will help people understand more about China and Chinese culture.”

Posted on Friday 11th November 2022

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