TEL AVIV, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Film Week opened in the Israeli port city of Tel Aviv on Sunday night with a film named "The Park" serving as the opening film.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhao Jun said the Chinese film week is part of one of the biggest cultural events in Israel, noting that the culture event entitled "Experience China in Israel" is aimed to let more Israelis to know more about China.
Zhao introduced the history of China's film industry since its first motion film called "Conquering the Dream Mountain" in 1905, saying that "During the past century, Chinese film industry has developed into a complete industry."
"The cultural exchanges in the arena of film between China and Israel are increasing in the recent years," he said, adding that an Israeli film week with seven films were held in Beijing and Shanghai respectively in 2007 and last year a Chinese film week with 10 feature films were held in Israel.
"By seeing these seven films during the festival, you will have a better idea of the life and mentality of the ordinary Chinese people, and also the technical skills and conducting abilities of the Chinese film industry at present," he said.
The opening film "Park," which was produced in 2007, tells the story of an old-fashioned father and a modern daughter who can't stop hurting each other though they love each other deeply.
Other films include "A Battle of Wits," "You and Me," "A World Without thieves" and "The Silent Holy Stones."
Jointly held by the State Council Information Office of China and Israeli Foreign Ministry, the "Experience China in Israel" event is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 17th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
While the West fixates on demonizing Israel in Switzerland through British-French acquiescence in the notorious Goldstone Report (not since the Dreyfus Affair have we heard of such an obvious calumny), this Tel Aviv film festival (reminiscent of "ping-pong diplomacy") shows China is meanwhile improving ties with the Jewish State: