NEW YORK — Given the renaissance of Asian film in the U.S. recently, it’s no surprise Prada is right on trend. So in cooperation with the Venice Biennale and Venice International Film Festival, the Fondazione Prada has restored 10 important Chinese films, which are being shown here at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater as part of the series “A Centenary of Chinese Cinema.”

“So far we have had an excellent response to this project,” says artistic director Germano Celant. “It has not only helped revive interest in lost classics of Chinese film, such as Fei Mu’s ‘Spring in a Small Town,’ but has also allowed us to learn more about Asian film generally.” Fei Mu’s film, considered to be one of Chinese cinema’s most groundbreaking works, will kick off the series tonight. The series runs through Nov. 10.

Last year the Fondazione restored a number of Italian films, which will be released in the U.S. in early 2006. “That experiment, which allowed people to see films they otherwise would not have been exposed to, was very positive,” Celant says. “This, combined with the Fondazione Prada’s developing interest in non-Western culture, prompted us to expand our efforts with an eye to focusing on global projects and eventually opening a center in China.”

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