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Speech by H.E. Deng Ying on the opening of "Chinese Film Festival"

Ms. Pernille Schütz, Head of Cinematheque,

Mr. Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of Carlsberg Foundation,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening! I am very glad to attend the opening ceremony of the “Chinese Film Festival”. First, on behalf of Chinese Embassy in Denmark, I’d like to extend my warmest welcome to you all, and to convey my appreciation to the Danish Film Institute and the Film Bureau of China for their great efforts making this event possible.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of China-Denmark comprehensive strategic partnership. This film festival is one of the important events celebrating the 10th anniversary. This year the festival will be held in Aarhus and Greenland besides Copenhagen.

It is the most influential bilateral film exchange in terms of length and scale since the establishment of China-Denmark diplomatic ties. Films serve as a window and a bridge to enhance understanding among people from different cultures.

The 6 films to be screened during the festival are jointly selected by both sides, which have the following three features:

First, they vary in contents, with themes ranging from history, culture, religion to warfare and nature.

Secondly, they are presented in diversified genres, including high-cost action film, intriguing feature film, lively musical and science fiction film etc.

Thirdly, they embody the internationalization of Chinese film industry. Three films to be screened are co-produced by China and other countries including Denmark, Finland and India. Among them, Chinese Widow, co-produced by China and Denmark, is directed by Danish prestigious director Bille August. It was screened as the opening film of Beijing International Film Festival in 2017. Audience in Denmark now has the chance to see the film during the festival.

Today, we will see the opening film of Xuanzang. This film followed the trek of Monk Xuanzang of Tang Dynasty who trudged all the way from China to India in pursuit of Buddhism Sutras. Xuanzang was known as the envoy of cultural exchanges, leaving precious material and spiritual treasures to the whole world.

Finally, I wish our Danish friends enjoy the Chinese films, and find more about China and its people through these films.

I bid you all a wonderful evening!


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