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International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM) opens today (December 5) – we are in Macao, welcome…

International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM) opens today (December 5) – we are in Macao, welcome…

Macao 3.30pm (UK 7.30am)

JOIN us, as we cover the fourth International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM) which opens today (December 5-10) and enjoy our coverage of a festival which throws a special window on cinema in the region.

The festival got underway today with a traditional Chinese Dragon ceremony ushering in the six-day film extravaganza. There were also press conferences with the main competition jury and New Chinese Cinema.

Traditional opening Chinese Dragon ceremony

ACV attended last year and is back as a guest of the Macao Tourism department and we will be bringing you the best of the festival from that special perspective, covering the South Asian angle, UK spots, and New Chinese Cinema (a particular strand of the fest this year), as well as some star masterclasses – provided we get entry!

A little later today, the festival will open with the crowd-pleasing quirky, star-studded comedy, ‘Jojo Rabbit’ by the New Zealander Taika Waititi. The film has been on the main global festival circuit and has charmed audiences pretty much wherever it has gone – the offbeat Second World War comedy, which sees a lonely German boy have an imaginary friend in a new age sort of Hitler (played by Waitiki himself), is a poignant satire on hate and racism.

Excitement builds towards today’s opening film and red carpet ceremony here in Macao at the Macao Cultural Centre

ACV saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and couldn’t quite shake off a few reservations, but it is beautifully acted (with a starry cast) and has an undeniable charm if you can get past the utter evilness Hitler represents.

We hope to be catching our first film of the festival later this evening here…

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We are still updating our Youtube channel with videos from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 50 which finished last Thursday (November 28)…bear with us and we will publish a page with all the videos from IFFI50 in one place…coming…

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture