News ID: 254846
Published: 0213 GMT June 25, 2019

Mirkarimi: China great market for Iranian cinema

Mirkarimi: China great market for Iranian cinema

Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi who won three awards for ‘Castle of Dreams’ at the Shanghai International Film Festival said that Chinese market has a lot of potentials for further cinematic cooperation with Iran.

Speaking about the commonalities between Iran and China, the filmmaker said both countries enjoy a lot of attractive locations for shooting, IRNA reported.

“Although Chinese cinema experienced a lot of advancements in filmmaking technology, it is still unknown,” he said, opining that Iranian cinema could help it gain international fame.

Iran and China need to have a serious cooperation, said Mirkarimi, justifying that the two countries have the most ancient civilizations and their cultural ties pave the way for achieving the goal.

He exemplified events like Shanghai International Film Festival as a means that help to boost cultural cooperation.

Despite great civilizations in Asian countries, their filmmakers are not known worldwide, regretted the director, calling for the establishment of an Asian film academy to cement ties between Iranian and Chinese directors.

Elaborating on his proposal, Mirkarimi said such an academy will help discover [potential] great cineastes in the vast continent.

He also called for facilitating intercontinental cooperation, urging Asian helmers to do something and not just wait for European festivals to introduce them to the world.

Since China is Iran’s largest trading partner and has great power to support any cultural movement, Shanghai is a good location for the academy’s headquarters, he said.

‘Castle of Dreams’ won the Golden Goblet prize for best film, the best director prize for Mirkarimi, and a shared best actor award for his fellow countryman Hamed Behdad.

The 2019 edition of the Chinese festival began on June 15 and ended on June 24.


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