Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

In April launched “Greece-China 2017 Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Creative Industries”. At present, Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lydia Koniordou is paying a week-long visit in China.

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Her first debut in front of the whole world was in the opening ceremony of 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She is a Greek national actress, who has portrayed on the stage Medea and a series of wonderful figures in the history of Greek dramas. She has a profound theoretical knowledge, teaches and directs ancient Greek dramas in University of Oxford, New York University and Shanghai Theater Academy.

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

When it comes to drama, she shared her professional opinion, “Ancient Greek drama and Chinese Beijing Opera are both an art integrated with music, poetry and dance. There are plenty of similarities and differences in theater performance for the two countries, which shows us the meaning and the reason of our dialogue and exchange. I have started teaching ancient Greek drama in Shanghai Theater Academy, and I was looking for dialogues and communication on theater stage between the two ancient civilizations.”

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Lydia Koniordou regards as important the China visit, “China and Greece are two parallelly existing great ancient civilizations. The mutual exchange between two civilizations will surely benefit each other. Chinese is a charming language, which can take us back to human memory of countless generations ago and enrich the sensation experience. I try to start learning Chinese and I would like to use such language to learn about Chinese culture and to communicate with Chinese people.”

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Her first Chinese language mentor is Tong Luo, famous translator Niansheng Luo’s granddaughter. Niangsheng Luo, translator of the Complete Work of Ancient Greek Drama; Jinling Luo, famous director of a series of ancient and modern Greek dramas such as Medea and Supper; Tong Luo, owner of Qian He Culture Center and director of recently staged Greek drama Oedipus Rex; three generations in Luo family constitute the cultural inheritance sequence between China and Greece. Lydia’s Chinese language learning journey is just “unique”.

Greek Minister of Culture and Sports: I want to start learning Chinese

Lydia’s China visit begins from Shanghai, followed by Dunhuang, a city blended with eastern and western civilization, then to China’s capital Beijing. The journey is to trace the cultural history of “One Belt One Road” and to explore one foreign language through the dramas and murals. It is believed that the journey will bring her brand new life experience and with a Chinese-speaking Greek minister of culture, the cultural exchange between two ancient civilizations will step forward onto another even more broad stage.

China and India’s top creative teams in plan to shoot films together

On July 15, two films jointly produced by Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd. (China), Peacock Mountain Culture Media Co. Ltd. (China), Eros International Media Co. Ltd. (India) and Trinity Studio (India) were introduced at the press conference in India. The two films are “The Chinese wedding” and “The Zookeeper”.

 

Chinese market invites “Bollywood master” in the pursuit of excellent quality

The director of the film “The Chinese wedding” is Siddharth Anand, who directed the famous Bollywood love comedy “Salaam Namaste” and “Bang Bang”, very popular among Chinese fans. “Bang Bang”, as a Hollywood work penetrating into Bollywood world, is revised from “Knight and Day” starred by Tom Cruise, successfully obtained 3.8 billion rupees at the box office and 7 million dollars within one week after released in North America, ranked Top 10 in North American box office and became one of the biggest winner of the year in India.

China and India's top creative teams in plan to shoot films together
Siddharth Anand

At the back of the film “The Zookeeper” is the director very well known by Chinese spectator, Kabir Khan, who has attracted millions of global fans with the film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” in 2015, which ranked at second place in Indian film history, but also gained a consistent global review: GOOD. The combination of “little girl + big uncle” has kept 100% freshness and scored same points on IMDB as Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant”: 8.1, while in China, 8.7 on Douban, surpassing “P.K.” by 0.5 points.

China and India's top creative teams in plan to shoot films together
Kabir Khan

In fact, for two Indian film directors, it is of special significance to collaborate with China. Kabir Khan said, “It is an exciting challenge to shoot the film with two languages. It is my first time to create a completely unique role in the new world. China and India share a great similar potential, I wish to create one film that combines two nations’ ethos.” Siddharth Anand provided his thoughts in view of spectator, “I feel very excited to be part of the film that will have broader spectator and to explore new areas and fields. We are making one story that can strike a sympathetic chord in both markets.”

 

Chinese and Indian top team together to ensure the accurate production system and multinational integration for the very first time

Simply from the film titles, both films have obvious traces of “road movie”, which is a very common type of comedy. “The Chinese wedding” is about one girl born in a traditional Indian family, facing parents’ arranged marriage, eloped with a Chinese boy to China. The entire Indian family members, in a rage, went to China to look for the girl. “The Zookeeper” tells about one zoo in a small town in India, with the business collapsing day by day, the young zookeeper decided to go to China to find one panda for more visitors to the zoo.

Chinese and Indian producing teams are cooperating with each other from the idea and the script of the two films. After more than one year of preparation, the script part has been in the final stage. The following shooting work will be mainly in Beijing and Sichuan respectively.

China and India's top creative teams in plan to shoot films together
“Bang Bang”

Indian company is holding a high expectation for the cooperation. Ajit Thakur, CEO of Trinity Studio attached to Eros International Media Co. Ltd., said, “This is a revolutionary milestone. Trinity Studio is the first Indian producing company in cooperation with China’s Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd. and Peacock Mountain Culture Media Co. Ltd. Our vision is to produce truly global movies. With two famous directors Kabir Khan and Anand, it is a big leap for us to explore Chinese film market – world’s largest and fastest growing film market. We hope to create compelling film content and to weave the two social cultural worldview into the story with two languages. In this way spectator in the two great countries accounting for nearly half of the world’s population will certainly be attracted!”

China and India's top creative teams in plan to shoot films together
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan”

In the aspect of cast and crew, Chinese leading actor and Indian leading actress will star in “The Chinese wedding” and vice versa in “The Zookeeper”. The creative director of both films will be taken up by the Chinese prominent filmmaker Sanping Han.

“The Chinese wedding” and “The Zookeeper” is scheduled to get released in May and at the end of next year respectively, which by the time will bring a special experience to the movie theaters.

World’s Most Influential Cities 2016

World's Most Influential Cities 2016

According to the news of Russia’s Kommersant on June 11th, American management consulting firm A.T. Kearney recently announced the ranking of the world’s most influential cities.

It is reported that a total of 125 major cities in the selection. London dominated the top once again, while New York stepped down to second place owing to the positive business activities and political participation, followed by Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Chinese capital Beijing was ranked No.9 and Korean Seoul No.11. Lagging behind the others in commercial activities, human capital and information communication, Moscow has dropped to No.18, prior to China’s Shanghai and Argentina’s Buenos Aires.

The ranking result is mainly based on 27 criteria of assessment, including commercial activity, residents’ level of education, global information communication, culture atmosphere and citizen’s political participation, etc. The first two account for the most, playing a decisive role in the overall score for each city.

World's Most Influential Cities 2016
Temple of Heaven in Beijing China
World's Most Influential Cities 2016
Overlook at Beijing Ti’anmen Square and Forbidden City
World's Most Influential Cities 2016
Peking University
World's Most Influential Cities 2016
Tsinghua University
World's Most Influential Cities 2016
Shanghai night view