‘Touch my heart,’ says China’s master and film festival judge
YOUNG filmmakers need to believe in themselves and their ideas instead of simply knowing how to please an audience, says the filmmaker Chen Kaige.
The elder statesman of Chinese cinema whose 1993 film, Farewell My Concubine, was nominated for two Academy Awards, has been appointed jury president for the official competition at this year’s Sydney Film Festival.
Speaking from Beijing, Kaige says he is excited to be part of the judging process and, moreover, the discovery of voices from different backgrounds. ”I hope they will touch my heart and show that there is hope in life amid the difficulty,” he says.
”I still remember how I started my film career in the early ’80s. It was after the Cultural Revolution and I had no pressure and felt [that] I could do anything. I was brave because I didn’t know much about filmmaking but I’ve always believed that the film belongs to its maker before it does the people.”