10 June 2019
On June 8, at 5.30 pm, the Confucius Institute, supported by the Kinopark Cinema, organized screening Chinese cartoon, it is chinese called “大鱼 海棠” or “Big Fish and Begonia”. On December 3, 2017, the film received the award in the nomination “Best Animated Film” at the 15th International Animation Film Festival in Budapest, on July 5, 2018, was awarded by the Chinese Government for its contribution to the field of culture and art. This cartoon was organized for International Children's Day. Children, students, teachers and all lovers of the Chinese language were invited for this event .
Confucius Institutes’ teacher Zhou Rui told the beautiful background of the cartoon and give explanations. Fascinating fantasy film about a young girl from the wizard world, which shows a touching relationship with a boy from the human world.
The film is set in the realm of The Others, a sort of parallel dimension that controls the seasons and tides on Earth and is where the souls of humans go after they pass—the good ones to be reborn as whales and the damned as the rats that scurry about in the underground Travel between the two worlds can be accomplished via portals that appear under certain circumstances. When young people of The Others come of age, they utilize the passages to enter our world in the form of red dolphins to observe the laws of nature first-hand without making any contact with humans before returning back home. As the story opens, teenage girl Chun is taking her journey to Earth, and when she arrives, she sees a young fisherman and is struck with a combination of curiosity and love at first sight. When Chun is preparing to head back home, she gets caught in a net and the boy jumps into the water in order to free her. He manages to let her go but tragically winds up drowning in the process.
After returning home, Chun is heartbroken and riddled with guilt over what happened and is determined to make amends. Eventually, she makes her way to the curious bureaucrat in charge of the souls that come there to rest. Chun pleads her case and is allowed to personally care for the soul of the young man, which will be transferred into a fish, until he is old enough to make his own journey back home. Chun does her best to care for Kun, aided in her task by childhood friend Qui, but the unimagined commingling of the two worlds has unforeseen consequences that threaten the very existence of her world.
“Big Fish & Begonia” is never less than breathtaking. Employing a combination of hand-drawn animation present one stunning image after another, ranging from the opening sight of a vast school of whales swimming through the skies to the giant stuffed rat that houses a vast array of real rats that leave it to forage before sewing themselves back up inside. The realm of the others is especially evocative in the way that it suggests a land where anything is possible without ever going overboard into chaos and confusion. The imagery is so dreamy at times that you don’t so much watch it as become enveloped in it. This is one of those movies that, viewers may find themselves just pausing to more fully drink in the wealth of detail and beauty on display at any given moment.
The students of the L.N Gumilyov ENU and students of the Confucius Institute and many others could enjoy the this amazing story about the first love. If you also want to participate other cultural events, as well as to be informed about the next events of the Confucius Institute.
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