Opening Film of 2nd BRICS Film Festival

Authors: Go Chengdu

2017-06-21

Five-country co-production film Where Has Time Gone will open the 2nd BRICS film festival.
Where Has Time Gone, a feature-length co-production, will be the opening film at the upcoming 2nd BRICS Film Festival, to be held in Chengdu June 23-27.
The movie consists of five short stories, 18 minutes each, done by five directors from Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and China (BRICS countries).
"Where Has the Time Gone is a universal theme. The directors each uses a unique narration style to explore the topic. And each film, done in the local language, portrays the country's unique culture," said Jia Zhangke, the chief producer of the project and Chinese filmmaker, adding that the film would be a successful demonstration of the deep communication and cooperation in the film industry among BRICS countries.
Besides Jia, the other directors are Walter Salles from Brazil, Aleksey Fedorchenko from Russia, Madhur Bhandarkar from India and Jahmil X.T. Quebka from South Africa.
The directors are all masters in their own right. For instance, Salles' Central Station was nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign language category in 1999, and Quebka is seen as one of the best directors in South Africa.
There will be 30 films screened during the festival.
Theme
People around the world are adapting to rapid economic growth and social change. Life has become so busy that we ignore many things and people around us. The theme of this film is universal, especially for living in the fast-growing BRICS countries.
Brazil (B)
When The Earth Trembles
Director: Walter Salles
Nov. 5, 2015, the reservoir dam owned by a mining company collapsed, resulting in an avalanche of mud that destroyed several towns in the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and caused many to become homeless.
Once the catastrophe has passed, the residents who have lost their homes are sent to hospices. While they pine for the good old days, they must now redefine their life so as to escape their predicament.
Nostalgia means the past will never disappear; yet hope means that time will keep moving forward.
Russia (R)
Breathing
Director: Alexey Fedorchenko
At the end of a snow-covered railway line in Russia, Zina and her husband Nazar live in a cabin set in a secluded valley.
Nazar suspects that his wife Zina is having an affair with the railway driver; a serious argument ensues. Nazar smashes Zina's accordion, a gift from the railway driver. Zina cries sadly in the snow. As the husband hurries out to find Zina, he falls and injures himself. When Zina saves Nazar by using the broken accordion to pump oxygen into his lungs, the accordion makes a gentle, weeping sound.
Time is short but also eternal; time stops in the presence of love.
India (I)
Mumbai Mist
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Chandrakant spends his retirement in Mumbai, the busiest city in India. Although Mumbai is a very dynamic city, Chandrakant still feels abandoned by the world until he meets a 10-year-old orphan Charlie in the park. Their friendship brings each other happiness.
One day, Charlie suddenly disappears in the mists of Mumbai. Chandrakant anxiously looks all over the city for Charlie because Charlie has given him the most precious thing – time.
China (C)
Revive
Director: Jia Zhang-ke
The spring equinox heralds the awakening of the earth.
In the 2,700 year old city of Pingyao can be found city walls, built during the Ming Dynasty, that sprawl as far as the eye can see. 38-year-old residents Tao and Liangzi are a couple with a 14-year-old daughter. Since the announcement of the two-children policy, the couple, who make a living by performing at tourist attractions, decide to have the second baby.
To do so they must overcome many difficulties and concerns, such as age and health. After careful considerations, they remain intent on fulfilling their dream.
Tao says that little by little, we can, if we wish, reclaim the things that time has taken from us.
South Africa (S)
Stillborn
Director: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
In a virtual world of the future, every snowflake has a price, every raindrop can speak, and every person's life is predestined; this state of affairs persists for as long as life itself. No one knows how this came to be, nor can anyone take control of his or her life.
Nobomi SX1, a woman programmed to be a janitor, is one day inspired to change her destiny despite the risk to her life. She tries to strike a path in life that is different from the path for which she was programmed, in order to find out what it feels like to be human.

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