by Marzia De Giuli
VENICE, Italy, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- "People and stories" are the most important elements to fulfil movies' main task of "observing reality," says director Peter Ho-sun Chan from Hong Kong.
His film "Qin'ai de" (Dearest), a poignant Chinese-language movie presented at the ongoing Venice Film Festival, is based on a true child-abduction story. It moved many film experts.
In his new movie, the leading director in the Asian film industry depicts the nightmare that parents struggle to deal with after their kids were abducted and sold to another family.
Such tragedies happen in many countries, including China, where authorities have launched several campaigns over the past years and managed to bring tens of thousands of kidnapped children home.
The story in Chan's movie came in a news documentary he happened to watch two years ago. "I rarely watch news documentaries, but the strength of that one incredibly hit me so much that I felt the need to turn it into a movie," he told Xinhua in an interview in Venice on Friday.
Though Chan has often said it is never his intention to make movies for particular social purposes, he acknowledged that films need to "provoke audience to think about life," and thus raise a natural social consciousness besides "entertainment."
Chan said that film festivals and commercial releases are completely different markets. "Film festivals look for films that are a less emotional and a more intellectual observation of the reality," he said.
"But for all of my life, I have been trying to make films that are actually in between the two extremes," he explained.
Though his movies are centered on "rather intellectual themes" at film festivals, "my approach to film-making, however, has always been emotional, or more market- and audience-friendly," he said.
In fact, "Qin'ai de" was a combination of a true story with more spectacular details which, for example, were represented in a very emotional way by the parents' search of their lost child throughout half China and finally their difficult reunion with their kid, who sees them as strangers.
"Qin'ai de" is expected to be released in China on Oct. 1, the country's National Day. Judging from the warm welcome received at the Venice Film Festival, it seems that Chan has succeeded in putting together the right ingredients of recipe for good film.