The 2020 edition of the event is to host a lineup of Iranian films and Majidi will be present at the festival as the special guest.
Majidi, whose latest film ‘Sun Children’ won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 77th Venice Film Festival in Italy, has directed several films noticeable at international arena during his cinematic career. His films are comprehensible for the people all over the world having various cultures.
Majidi’s ‘Children of Heaven’ (1998) was the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award in the foreign language category.
In spite of being professional, his films are easy to understand, eloquent, clear and friendly. Majidi is one of the few directors who does not employ professional cast and glittery scenes.
The 61-year-old director does not even look for box office. His films completely reflect the picture of people who honestly pray and praise God, trust in Him and seek help from Him. Majidi has proved through his films that he understands cinema and applies cinematic instruments in order to exalt Iran's culture and nation.
The Hainan International Film Festival is a film festival held in Sanya, Hainan, China. The inaugural festival includes forums, ceremonies, and competitions. Actor Jackie Chan is the promotional ambassador of the event.
Along with Chan, the festival has been attended by a number of international film personalities, including Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Bollywood star Aamir Khan, and Hollywood film stars such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage and Mads Mikkelsen.
The third edition of the Chinese festival is slated for December 5-12, 2020.