Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) opened on August 8, brought excellent films from different countries to the audience. As one of the most popular and the world’s oldest film festivals, there were over 400 films showing at this year’s film festival. ‘See another side of film was the slogan of this year’s festival. Just like the multi-culture in Melbourne, MIFF also attracted many kinds of films, such as international films, African film rediscovered, experimentations, documentaries, histories uncovered, animation, and music on film. The audience can watch the famous films, find unpublicized films, also can watch some premiere films. For the audience, it was hard to decide which film would they like to see.
This was my first time to visit a film festival, MIFF is different from other countries’ film festival. Compared with others, MIFF does not have film stars and red carpets, it also does not have the award ceremony. So, it also does not have Internet transmission. MIFF is a non-profit organization. It just about spread, watch, communication, and enjoy. In particular, this year’s film festival has challenged film technology, the perfect combination of film and technology have made a difference to the audience. Such as The Deserted, a VR film by Tsai Ming-Liang. In a 3D environment, the audience can put themselves in a real virtual space.
Finally, I chose a Chinese film named Ash is Purest White directed by Zhangke Jia. The thing that struck me was it not only attract Chinese in Melbourne but also attract local people from other countries. The actors spoke with Shanxi dialect in the movie. Because of the dialect, even Chinese cannot totally understand every word in this film, no one exit during the showing. Ash is Purest White was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Festival de Cannes. The story happened in Shanxi Province with a long period of time from 2001 to 2018. It talks about Qiao wanted to get married to gangster Bin. But Qiao fired the gun that saves Bin and then lands in prison for having an unlicensed weapon when they were attracting. After five years, Qiao was released from prison and wanted to look for Bin to restart their life, but she found that the things are not still there, and men are no more the same ones. In Zhangke Jia’s film, the audience can see the social changes in modern China, it blended naturally into the film. Such as the government has fallen far short of its goals in helping to resettle the 1.4 million local people displaced by the rising waters behind the Three Gorges Dam. The social change and the love story between the Qiao and Bin are mutual development, giving the ephemerality of whole cities, much less love affairs. It is difficult to show the Chinese culture to the foreigners, especially those inenarrable and delicate emotion in the past community. But it seems that the local people can understand the ‘Jianghu’ in Zhangke Jia’s film due to the warm applause.
Festival De Cannes 2018, https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/infos-communiques/communique/articles/the-2018-official-selection
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2018, http://miff.com.au/program/film/ash-is-purest-white