2019 Chinese Film Week in Tunisia: 5 films to be exclusively screened on Wataniya 1 and 2
18/04/2019 15:52, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The 2019 Chinese Film Week in Tunisia proposes five fiction and documentary films that will be screened as from April 22 on national TV channels “Wataniya 1” and “Watanya 2.”

Famous Chinese actor, filmmaker and producer Jackie Chan addressed in a film footage a message to the Tunisian public, expressing his joy that one of his works will be screened in Tunisia.

The Chinese Film Week will kick off on April 21 and will be marked by the screening of the “Path to the Sky (Chemin vers le ciel)” documentary produced early 2019 entitled by Chafik Guetat and Karim Ltifi.

This documentary was filmed by a Tunisian team who visited 6 Chinese provinces. Several other Tunisian regions are also visible in this documentary which production lasted for about 4 months.

According to this documentary’s producer “the filming kicked off early January 2019 with Chinese funding of about 90 thousand dinars, as technical aid.”

The launch of this week took place on Thursday at the headquarters of the National Television and was attended by a Chinese delegation representing the Chinese film chain, partner of this event.

The ceremony was also attended by Ambassador of China to Tunisia Wang Wenbin.

On this occasion, the head of Chinese delegation revealed the major outlines of the bilateral co-operation with a new phase of Tunisian-Chinese cultural parenthesis.

Reviewing the development of the film industry in China that includes “60 thousand TV channels” for a population of about 1.5 billion, he noted that China had produced 1,082 films, including 900 fiction ones in 2018, alone.

According to him, the Chinese box office recorded during the same year, revenues of about $9 billion.

This week falls within the framework of the celebration of 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Tunisia and China as well as the celebration of the 70th anniversary of China’s independence.

To this end, a co-operation agreement was inked between the National Broadcasting Corporation of Tunisia and the Programme Centre of The Chinese Film Chain on the methods of film screenings. The agreement stipulates the screening of seven Chinese films over a year, as from April 2019 till April 2020.

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