The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) has long been a vital moment in the city’s cultural calendar, a time for cinema lovers to congregate, contemplate and debate screen culture.
BIFF 2018 was partnering with industry to present a series of workshops, events and panel discussions for screen professionals and movie lovers. Over 11 days of BIFF, nearly 200 movies were displayed in seven cinemas in Brisbane and the number of audiences exceeded 30,000.
BIFF featured two broadcasts of Big Fish & Begonia distributed by Tangren Cultural Film Group on 14 October at 7:00pm (Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer centre) and 21 October at 11:00am (Reading Cinemas, Newmarket) .
Drawing from Taoist myth and traditional Chinese fable, Big Fish & Begonia is a visually dazzling coming-of-age tale.
Fantastic Aquatic World
In a mystical realm that exists beneath the human world, populated by magical-powered beings, a girl named Chun participates in a coming-of-age ritual where she is transported through a portal of water to experience the human world in the form of a red dolphin. There, she encounters a human boy who lives by the sea and reveres aquatic creatures. During a storm, Chun is tangled in a fishing net near the boy’s house, and the boy drowns while freeing her from the net. Chun returns to her world, taking the boy’s soul—a thumb-sized fish, with her. She was advised that she must nurture the dolphin to adulthood in order to return the boy’s soul to the human world. After different kinds of difficulties and obstacles, the boy finally got a rebirth whereas the process has continually violated the laws of the world of “God” and caused various disasters.
Big Fish & Begonia
Big Fish & Begonia was officially released in China 0n July 8, 2016, and the box office for the first day reached 74.6 million yuan, breaking the first-day box office record of Chinese domestic cartoon. Additionally, the box office of the film exceeded 500 million yuan within 15 days and it ended in a total box office of 565 million yuan.
In September and October 2018, with the promotion of Tangren Cultural Film Group, Big Fish & Begonia once again led everyone to relive the classic animation with spectacular traditional Chinese style image and dialogues.
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