BJIFF: French Film Week celebrates 60 years of bilateral ties

As China and France continue to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, French Film Week has taken center stage at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), treating audiences to a vibrant showcase of Gallic cinema.


From timeless classics to the latest works by emerging filmmakers, 30 films will be screened at theaters across Beijing. This cinematic extravaganza serves as a captivating window into the nuances of French culture, from its artistic sensibilities to its social dynamics.

“I would consider a movie ticket as being akin to a plane ticket, where you go to the cinema and discover another world,” said Isabelle Glachant, Unifrance’s Greater China representative. She mentioned that French Film Week was a good opportunity to discover France, as well as French talent.

A still from the film “A Real Job” /Photo provided to CGTN

A still from the film “A Real Job” /Photo provided to CGTN

One of the highlights will be a screening of “A Real Job,” which joins the list of nominees for the prestigious Tiantan Awards at this year’s BJIFF.

“People can empathize with the films’ content no matter where they are. Despite the structural and cultural differences between our two countries, there are many things that can bring us together, and cinema is one such bridge,” said Thomas Lilti, director of “A Real Job.”

Film cooperation between China and France has a long and rich history, exemplified by the joint production of “The Magic of the Kite” in 1958, which became the first co-production between China and another country.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and France, with a series of cultural events are being held to celebrate the occasion. In addition to French Film Week in Beijing, Paris will also host a Chinese Film Festival later in the year.

French director Christian Carion expressed his confidence that French films would continue to captivate Chinese audiences, just as Chinese films screened in many parts of France have resonated with local audiences there.

French Film Week allows Chinese audiences to immerse themselves in the rich cinematic traditions of France. It is a testament to the power of art to bring people together while also fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation between the two nations.