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Berlinale director wants Chinese films

THE director of the Berlin International Film Festival wants more Chinese films at the event as he said it would help boost mutual understanding between Chinese and Western audiences.

"These (Chinese) films will help people understand each other more and live more peacefully with each other," Dieter Kosslick, director of the festival, also known as Berlinale, said on Saturday.

"The Berlinale audience loves Chinese films. I hope more Chinese films will be here next year," he said.

"I am happy when a Chinese film wins a Golden Bear (for best picture)," he said.

The festival director noted that Berlinale has a long tradition with Chinese films.

"Before I came here, a lot of Chinese films had already competed here, and some were made by famous Chinese directors such as Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou," Kosslick said.

Chinese films "are beautifully made, have fantastic actors and good stories," he said.

Kosslick said he liked Chen's film "Forever Enthralled" at this year's festival, which was concluded yesterday. It tells the story of Mei Lanfang, one of China's most recognized Peking Opera masters.

"Through this story we know what has happened to Peking Opera in the last several decades," he said. "It gives us a new perspective on Peking Opera."

Berlinale, one of the world's leading film festivals, was founded in 1951. The festival has been held annually since 1978.


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