The event will host 20 screenings of Chaplin films across the island, encompassing five of his classic comedies: Modern Times, The Kid, City Lights, The Great Dictator and Monsieur Verdoux. The fest is also looking into touring the films around major Chinese cities at a later date.
Chaplin visited China in 1936 and 29 of his films were released in the country between 1919 and 1924. Despite that connection, there has yet to be a significant retrospective of his works in the country to date. Last year’s Hainan film festival hosted a screening of Chaplin’s The Gold Rush.
The deal was brokered by the UK-China Film Collab with Trinity CineAsia, a leading distributor of Chinese films in Europe, and licensed by rights holder Mk2 Films, which represents the filmmaker’s library internationally.