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More and more foreign film festivals are being held in Myanmar, providing opportunities for cinema lovers here to watch diverse movies from different countries.
A weeklong European film festival, which opened in Yangon this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Union (EU), was the latest foreign film festival introduced in Myanmar.
Sponsored by Germany, rotating chairman of the EU, the 16th European Film Festival, which will last till June 16, is bringing in films produced from Italy, England, Germany and France.
With English subtitles, these films include ‘Pane e Tulipani’ and ‘Tornado a case’ of Italy, ‘Alles auf Zucker’ and ‘Das Leben der Anderen’ of Germany, ‘Sister in law’ and ‘Stormbreaker’ of England and ‘Les Brigades du Tigre’ and ‘Mon petitdoigt m’a dit’ of France.
The European films being screened at the festival are those produced in the last decade and selected to suit the taste of Myanmar audiences, cultural officials of the participating countries said.
European film festival is held annually in Myanmar.
During the past two years, Myanmar also introduced film festivals of China, Japan and South Korea.
In June 2005, in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar, a China Cultural Month and a Chinese film week were held.
Another Chinese week, which included films, was held here in September 2006.
Three Chinese selected movies were screened — namely ‘Jasmine Women’, ‘Riding Alone for Thousand of Miles’ and ‘A Bright Moon’.
A Japanese film show was held in Yangon and Mandalay in March 2006, introducing five Japanese movies to Myanmar audiences featuring comedy, cartoon, romance, samurai and detective.
In May, a special show of the first joint Japan-Myanmar movie, titled ‘Thway’ (blood), was launched in Yangon. It involved both Myanmar and Japanese actors.
In November 2006, a first-ever South Korean film festival was held in Yangon, introducing four feature films with Myanmar subtitles. These included ‘Joint Security Area’, ‘Art Museum by the Zou’, ‘Just Do It’ and ‘My Sassy Girl’.
Earlier in 2005, South Korean stars including Kim Jae Won and three singing star groups — the Cross, Baby Vox and Wawa — gave performances in Yangon.
For more information about foreign celebrities and movies, check out Korean and Asian Showbiz.
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