An array of world-renowned film stars are attending the 4th International Film Festival and Awards Macao which opened yesterday. More than 50 local and international films are being screened during the six-day festival, alongside filmmaking competitions, masterclasses, special retrospective screenings and a marketplace for industry insiders and budding filmmakers to pitch projects.
Homegrown films will have a special opportunity to shine at this year’s festival. Five locally-made films will be screened to mark the 20th anniversary of the transfer of Macao sovereignty from Portugal to the People’s Republic of China. Among them are Ina and the Blue Tiger Sauna, by Antonia Fara and Bernardo Rao, about a 19-year-old Macanese girl who inherits the family business and Strings of Sorrow, a tale about a musical quartet, directed by Oliver Fa. The event organizers see this as both a gesture of cultural exchange and a sign of how the festival itself is evolving.
“This is a good sign that the local film industry is stepping up and telling Macao stories for the local and international audience,” says Tee. “Macao is extremely cinematic as a location. The stories of a long history of a global East-West trading and cultural melting pot are coming forth beautifully.”
[Source: China Daily , December 6,2019]