The Colors of China

In China, there are five very specific colours resonating with meaning through every layer of traditional and modern life – representing emotional, physical, spiritual and directional forces. Using these five profoundly influential colours as our guide, we take the audience on a visual and cultural journey through China, exploring colour revealed in spectacular landscapes, moods, seasons and regions. A unique, visually stunning 90 minute feature film will be followed by a compelling 5-part series for TV broadcast.

News

  • 05/2017 - THE COLORS OF CHINA at Marché du Film in Cannes

    Our German-New Zealand-Chinese co-production THE COLORS OF CHINA will be officially announced during the CHINA CO-PRODUCTION DAY at 12.00 pm [...]

    Our German-New Zealand-Chinese co-production THE COLORS OF CHINA will be officially announced during the CHINA CO-PRODUCTION DAY at 12.00 pm on 19th May at Gray d’Albion Beach, Espace CNC, Cannes. Christian Beetz (CEO at Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion), James Heyward (CEO at Making Movies) will be joined on Skype by Mr. Jing (CEO at CICC) and supervising producer Weina Kong from Beijing. The event is organised by Bridging the Dragon and Marché du Film, Festival de Cannes in partnership with CNC. THE COLORS OF CHINA is a unique journey of discovery through China, guided by the millenniums-old mythology of the colors.

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    Official film website COLORS OF CHINA


  • 03/2014 - "The Colours of China" Pitch at Asian Side of the Doc

    Producer Christian Beetz is pitching our co-production “The Colours of China” at the Asian Side of the Docs on Thursday, [...]

    Producer Christian Beetz is pitching our co-production "The Colours of China" at the Asian Side of the Docs on Thursday, 20th March 2014. Location: Yi Bin Ballroom Level 2, Plenary Room, Chengdu / China Time: 11am "The Colours of China" is an extraordinary trip through China - structured by the century-old mythology of the colours. According to a Chinese legend, five colours dominate the earth – yellow, cyan, red, white and black. These five colours structure our journey through the world’s most fascinating country. They provide us with a unique access to the geography, culture and, above all, to the lives of the Chinese. Asian Side of the Doc is an international coproduction forum and marketplace for producers, editors, funders, etc.

    Asian Side of the Docs Website



The Colors of China

A unique journey of discovery through China, guided by the millenniums-old mythology of the colors.

Epic in scale, unique in vision, Colors of China takes the audience on a breathtaking journey through the world’s most fascinating and diverse nation. The camera soars over extraordinary landscapes, ancient temples, mountains, white water gorges and futuristic cities. This is China and Chinese life as never seen before; made possible by privileged access rarely granted to film makers. Through the device of five colors, we engage with special characters; experience adventure, and discover rich culture and history of this extraordinary nation.

Five colours resonate through every layer of traditional and modern Chinese life representing emotional, physical, spiritual and directional forces. In the centre, is yellow, surrounded by green for east, red for south, white for west and black for the north. Guided by these profoundly influential colours, the audience embarks on a visual and cultural journey to discover spectacular landscapes, moods, seasons and regions; unpacking the complex relationship between colour, culture, landscape, built environments and the Chinese psyche.

A unique, visually stunning 90 minute feature film will be followed by a compelling 5-part series for TV broadcast.

Research and screenplay: Marilyn McFadyen
Directed by: Jan Hinrik Drevs
DoP: Mike Single
Producerin: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz, James Heyward
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner

Koproduktion

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  • Variety – May 19, 2017

    ‘Colours of China’ Set as Europe-Asia Co-Production

    Upscale feature documentary “Colours of China” will begin shooting this year with Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Mike Single (“The Amazing Race,” “Clash of the Continents”) as director.

    With a budget of 3 million euros ($3.3 million), “Colours” has been set up as a China-Germany-New Zealand co-production involving Germany’s Gebrueder Beetz, the Chinese Intercontinental Communications Center (CICC), and New Zealand’s Making Movies.

    It will be packaged as a feature film for theatrical release and as a five-part spinoff TV series. The film is financed with investment by CICC and German Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, while the series is a co-production with ZDF, in association with Arte.

    The project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday at a China-Europe co-production meeting organized by the Bridging the Dragon initiative.