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Inauguration 2024 FánHuā Chinese Film Festival in Milan

February 23 - 26, 2024, 3rd edition in Milan of the FánHuā Chinese Film Festival!

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At the Cinema Arlecchino, on Friday 23 February 2024, inauguration of the 3rd edition in Milan of the FánHuā Chinese Film Festival, organised in collaboration with the Cineteca on the occasion of the Lantern Festival, closing the festivities of each Chinese New Year.

From left: Councillor Sacchi, Consul Liu Kan, and President Xiuzhong Zhang

From left: Consul Liu Kan, Councillor Sacchi and President Xiuzhong Zhang

Attending the opening ceremony, in addition to the General Director of the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana Matteo Pavesi and the President of FánHuā Xiuzhong Zhang, were the Culture Councillor Tommaso Sacchi, the Chinese Consul General Liu Kan and, on video, the Festival's Artistic Director Paolo Bertolin.

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A moment of the inauguration: Consul General Liu Kan and Director Matteo Pavesi

The initiative, promoted for the third consecutive year in Milan by the FánHuā Association and Zhong Art International, was held under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, the Chinese Consulate of Milan and the Italy China Council Foundation.


Friday 23 February,

8:30 PM - Opening ceremony. 

9:00 PM - Opening film, winner of the Audience Award at the FánHuā Chinese Film Festival in Florence:

THE CORD OF LIFE, 脐带, by Qiao Sixue (running time 96’)

Against the backdrop of the splendid landscapes of Inner Mongolia, the intense and touching story of the emotional bond between an elderly mother and her musician son.


Saturday 24 February

7:00 PM

ANIMA, 莫尔道嘎, by Cao Jinling (running time 120’)

An ecological drama focusing on an indigenous community whose harmonious relationship with nature is challenged by reckless economic interests.

Sunday 25 February

10:30 AM

 CHANG’ AN, 長安三萬里,by Xie Junwei and Zou Jing (running time 168’)

In the besieged city, the poet Gao Shi revives the glorious moments of his life. A sumptuous animation production, between History, epics and imaginative action.


3:00 PM

WOMEN FROM THE LAKE OF SCENTED SOULS, 香魂女, by Xie Fei (running time 105’)

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival, this powerful female drama narrates the family struggles of an intrepid woman entrepreneur.

Monday 26 February

7:00 PM

BALANCE OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS, by Jan Hinrik Drevs (running time 100')

From the Cineteca Milano archives, the magnificent images of a journey in contemporary China in search of balance and life in harmony according to the ancient holistic 'Wu Xing' philosophy.

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February  23 - 26, 2024

Information and tickets online:

Public transport: MM1: San Babila - Tram: n. 20, 23, 67 - Bus: n. 50, 54, 60, 61, 65, 73.

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