CBI member The British Film Institute (BFI) announced that HRH The Duke of Cambridge presented one of the first films of China to survive anywhere in the world, Nankin Road, Shanghai (1901) from the BFI National Archive, to Mr. Ren Zhonglun, Chairman and President of Shanghai Film Group, with Mr. Miao Xiaotian, President of the China Film Corporation, on behalf of China.
The film can was handed to Mr. Ren and Mr. Miao at the Shanghai premiere of British film Paddington (2014) during the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai. The BFI’s Head Curator Robin Baker presented Nankin Road, Shanghai—a portrait of what is still Shanghai’s busiest shopping street and now known as Nanjing Road—and other rarely seen early films of China from the BFI National Archive during the festival.
The presentations were part of a journey of cultural and industrial exchange between the BFI and China, including hugely successful presentations across China in 2013 of the BFI’s restorations of Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent films and a year-long programme of activity with China in 2014: Electric Shadows.
Amanda Nevill, BFI CEO, said, “We thank HRH The Duke of Cambridge for presenting this gift to China. This rare, carefully restored archive film from the BFI National Archive shines a light on a moment in China’s history—captured on film. It is expecially symbolic to present this to Chinese audiences as the U.K.’s cultural handshake with China and affirms our commitment to a long-term relationship of collaboration between our nations, forging industrial links and deepening cultural understanding."
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