2nd Hainan International Film Festival kicked off with starry red carpet and gala in Sanya

By Chen Shumin,You Mengyu and Li Yanmei / hiHainan / Updated: 2019-12-02,16:08

On December 1st, the highly anticipated 2nd Hainan International Film Festival officially kicked off at Sanya Haitang Plaza. At about 17 p.m., a glittering array of film stars, performance artists, cast and crew, representatives of the cultural and art circles from home and abroad, made their red carpet appearance for the event.

On the afternoon of December 1, Sarah Brightman makes her red carpet appearance during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Hainan International Film Festival in Sanya. (Photo by Li Hao/hinews.cn)

The British soprano singer Sarah Brightman in a long vertical dress, was the first to set foot on the red carpet, generous and elegant. Invited by the organizing committee of Hainan International Film Festival as a guest performer at the opening ceremony, Sarah Brightman told to Hainan Daily reporter, "This is my first time in Hainan, and I am very excited. I hope everyone has a good night."

Also as a guest performer at the opening ceremony, Danish pop rock band “Mike Learns to Rock” said in an interview with Hainan Daily reporter: "Hainan is a very beautiful place, and I feel very comfortable coming here."

“Mike Learns to Rock”, a Danish pop rock band, present their distinctive live performance at the opening ceremony gala. (Photo/Hainan Daily)

On the evening of December 1, a lively opening ceremony gala for the second Hainan International Film Festival was held. The enthusiastic performance was accompanied by colorful videos, which included cartoon-designed symbols of Hainan island and interspersed the achievements of Hainan's construction and development. Throughout the opening ceremony, Hainan's unique cultural elements highlighted the international development of Hainan with its diversified integration.

Hainan’s local characteristics are showed on the stage of the evening gala. (Photo/Hainan Daily)

Prestigious French actress Isabelle Huppert, chairman of the International jury for “Golden Coconut Award”, attended the opening ceremony gala along with other six judges. In the speech, Isabel Huppert said: "The first Hainan International Film Festival last year was very vigorous, where I met a lot of young Asian international filmmakers. It is the film, which reveals not only literary and artistic nature but also universality, that brings different people together. "

Head of Isabelle Huppert, the jury for “Golden Coconut Award” attend the evening gala. (Photo by Weiwu/Hainan Daily)

Famous Chinese singer Jordan Chan, actors Zhang Yi, Simon Yam, and actresses Eva Huang and Angie Chiu were also among the celebrities at the scene.

The film festival has set up eight major screening units, with more than 200 films from 61 countries and regions to be screened. During the eight-day event, apart form the film screening, there will also be held a number of activities such as the film master carnival, H! Market exhibitions and special forums.



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