The UK’s biggest film event- 59th BFI London Film Festival unveiled its curtain Wednesday night at Leicester Square of central London.
The 12-day event will present to the audience about 240 films from 72 countries and regions at film theaters throughout London.
It’s a grand gathering of world-wide stars on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the festival.
The festival opened with the premiere of historical drama “Suffragette”,
which talks about a story of British woman fought for the right of women in a century ago.
The actresses from the film Carey Mulligan, Helena Carter and Meryl Streep made their appearance on the red carpet.
Chinese director, Jia Zhangke’s “Mountains May Depart” and a documentary about the director “Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang” were both premiered at the first day of the festival.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): JIA ZHANGKE, Chinese Director
“China is the most populous in the world, so I think people from other countries would want to know what Chinese people are thinking and how their life are. On the other hand, China as second biggest film market in the world with rapid development, the film industry wants to know what originality of this market is. and that’s the reason why it made the debut of these two films in this year’s festival.”
“Mountains May Depart” tells an emotional story from 1999 to 2025, it jumps from the recent past to the speculative near-future as it examines how China’s economic boom has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.
The film receives consistent praises by the first day debut in the festival.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): CORINA POORE, Spectator
“I thought it was very moving, I loved it. I loved the whole play of time. And the way it was playing one period and one different period. I loved it, I really did. I thought it was a very good film, and very good performances from actors. I thought it was very good.”
Four other Chinese films to be shown in this year’s festival are “The Assassin”, “Office”, “Poet on a Business Trip”, and “A Tale of Three Cities”.
BFI London Film Festival runs untill October 18th.