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FILM FESTIVAL Opens with praised dark comedy: Focusing On First And Second Time Film-Makers
The 4th International Film Festival & Awards establishes Macau as a hub for new film-makers in Asia. Local audiences will be drawn by a colorful and exciting program, while international guests will not only get to taste the excitement of Macau as a destination but meet the Chinese and Asian industries, exploring the best of new films.
The industry experts in the organizing team will help film-makers and industry from both sides of the globe to get to know each other in an informal manner. IFFAM also forges an identity for international competition, which is a thrilling showcase for first and second time film-makers.
The festival acts as a meeting place for Asian and western film-makers and industry to collaborate in both artistic and business terms, to build a local audience for diverse world cinema, while also putting a spotlight on the city as a new cultural destination and location for film production.
Taika Waititi’s provocative Nazi dark comedy “Jojo Rabbit” has been set as the opening night gala screening at the fourth edition.
The festival packs together a 10-film competition section that includes recent festival favorites Gitanjali Rao’s animation “Bombay Rose,” and barely fictionalize modern-day slavery drama “Buoyancy,” by Rodd Rathjen, alongside gala screenings of “Shaun The Sheep 2: Farmageddon,” and Japan’s “Dance With Me,” by Shinobu Yaguchi.
A strong Chinese presence includes “Better Days,” by Derek Tsang; Cannes Critics Week film “Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains,” by Gu Xiaogang; “To Live To Sing,” by Johnny Ma; and Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s “Wet Season.”
To single out the 20th anniversary of the Macau SAR, a special five-film section was introduced this year, featuring exclusively domestic productions.
The 2019 IFFAM runs from December 5 to 10.
* Showing inside:
* The Competing Films I
* The Opening Film Jojo Rabbit
* The Jurors