FanHua Festival Premieres Contemporary Chinese Films (With Subtitles)

A scene from ‘Red Flowers and Green Leaves”

After a lengthy intermission since the Dragon Film Festival before the pandemic in 2018, Florence will welcome back Chinese cinema with the FanHua Film Festival.  All of the movies will have subtitles in both English and Italian. 

Organized by Zhong Art International, the name refers to “a variety of blooming flowers,” which fits the theme of providing a large catalogue of films across a multitude of genres. The festival will be held in the La Compagnia Cinema (via Cavour 50/r) from October 14 to October 17, and promises to display the many minds of contemporary Chinese cinematography on the big screen.

On Thursday, the opening day of the festival viewers will see films about love during “Sguardi Femminili,” a section named after the female directors who worked on the movies.  Two are Wang Lina’s “A First Farewell” alongside Liu Miaomiao’s “Red Flowers and Green Leaves,” one about an arranged marriage, while the other is a coming-of-age story.  The next day, October 15, the theme is “Alle Pendici dell’Himalaya,” featured in a trio of films set within Tibet.  The first is Zeng Yunhui’s “The Soul of Himalaya,” a story of a warrior saving his tribe; followed by Sonthar Gyal’s “Ala Changso,” showing the journey of a pilgrimage to Lhasa and ending with Pema Tseden’s “Balloons,” a film commentating on the conflict between tradition and modernity in a Tibetan family. 

October 16 will focus on “Talenti Emergenti,” (Emerging Talents) featuring the debut efforts of new directors for those who are fans of films with an indie-like quality. The line-up includes Qiu Sheng’s “Suburban Birds,” Liang Ming’s “Wisdom Teeth” and Li Xiaofeng’s “Back to the Wharf.”  The theme of the final day of the festival  “Nuovi Eroi degli Schermi Cinesi,” (“New Heroes of the Chinese Screen”) dedicated to showcasing big-budget and anticipated movies of China’s contemporary movie scene. The first entry is Cheng Teng’s “Legend of Deification,” an animated film, followed by Xu Haofeng’s “The Final Master,” a whirlwind kung fu film for those with a penchant for action. Last, but not least, is Guan Hu’s “The Eight Hundred,” a war film covering a battalion in 1937 during the Sino-Japanese war.  (nelson matos)

For more information on premiere times and ticket pricing, visit the Cinema La Compagnia website.