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Filmmakers share views on cross-culture production

Be honest and be yourself. Internationally acclaimed French film director Jean-Jacques Annaud told Chinese filmmakers in a seminar on cross-culture film production today.

Annaud, who is the chair of a seven-member jury for the Golden Goblet awards at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival, joined the seminar with Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi, Japanese director Sabu and Chinese directors Huang Jianxin and Wang Quan'an.

"I did most of my films in English," said Annaud. "Now it's difficult to make a film just for one country. A film director can benefit from joint production because his films will have an easy access to cinemas in the other country."

Annaud, whose credits include "The Lover" and "The Name of the Rose," said he always has a desire to know China better and he would make a few films with Chinese producers soon. One of them is "Wolf Totem" adapted from a best-selling Chinese novel.

The 69-year-old director has made films in many countries and never found collaboration with a local team a pressure. He stressed that a film director has to be honest and the film he presents to the audience must come from his heart.

"Also, he needs to stick to his own filmmaking style and personality," he added. "Film co-production is not a simple mixture of different cultural elements. It is important to be yourself."

Renowned Chinese director Huang Jianxin said film co-production has become a trend in the global film industry and it should not be profit-driven only.

"We expect more thought-provoking pictures that touch issues of the mankind and can arouse common emotions," Huang said.

Iranian director Amir Naderi who had filmmaking experiences in Japan and the United States said that good and effective communication between co-producers and the audience can make things easy.


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