China will release a number of films to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) over the next month.
"The Forest Ranger," the Best Feature Film winner at the 13th Beijing Student Film Festival and a candidate for the 9th Shanghai International Film Festival, is among the 26 movies to mark the CPC's anniversary. It features a ranger who dies of protecting a state-owned forest. The film reveals some social problems in the environmental protection in China.
The screenings are being initiated by the Chinese Film Circulation and Projection Association, China Film Producers' Association and the City Cinema Association of China, and supported by the the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).
"It is the CPC that turned China's film making around as it was neglected and weak before new China was founded in 1949," Tong Gang, director of the Film Bureau of the SARFT, told a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
"Cinema companies must land the support of local governments in playing these films and should pay attention to the rural market not just the urban one," he added.
"It's a duty of the Chinese film makers to pay a tribute to the CPC" said Yang Buting, board chairman of the China Film Group Corporation, the biggest film production and distribution company in China.
The movies also include "Legend of Seasons," about a college graduate who volunteers to works to educate the poor in rural areas, "Endless Love," about a CPC official who wholeheartedly helps the public solve problems, "The Backbone," a documentary film following generations of CPC leaders including Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.