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CHINESE VISUAL FESTIVAL The best contemporary cinema and art from the Chinese language-speaking world chinesevisualfestival.org CHINESE VISUAL FESTIVAL 54 book online at bfi.org.uk UK Premiere: Crosscurrent Chang Jiang Tu China 2016. Dir Yang Chao. With Qin Hao, Xin Zhilei. 116min. Digital. Mandarin with EST A visually spectacular, poetic and dreamlike cinematic experience in which we follow the life, love and obsession of a barge captain as he travels upstream along the awesome and sublime Yangtze River, the artery of Chinese civilisation. The film won its director of photography Mark Lee Ping-Bing (In the Mood for Love, The Assassin) a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival. Closing Gala: The Road to Mandalay Zai Jian Wa Cheng Taiwan-Myanmar-France-Germany 2016. Dir Midi Z. With Wu Ke-Xi, Kai Ko. 108min. Digital. Mandarin (Yunnan dialect) with EST From a rising star in East Asian cinema, this powerfully realised tragic drama explores the lives of two migrant workers – the utterly determined Lianqing (Wu) and her would-be partner, Guo (Ko). It follows their journey with human traffickers from Burma and their arrival and stay in Bangkok. Brilliant lead performances and a visually arresting and at times surreal treatment combine with a haunting soundscape to make this an unforgettable experience. This event will be followed by a reception for ticket-holders in the Blue Room Courtesy of Day for Night Poet on a Business Trip Shi ren chu chai le China 2015. Dir Ju Anqi. 103min. Digital. Mandarin with EST This black and white hybrid of documentary and drama was shot in 2002 and edited 12 years later. Awarded at festivals, it’s an audacious and compelling work and follows poet Hou Xianbo on a self-imposed business trip through the punishing terrain of Xinjiang province as he meets 12 prostitutes and writes 12 poems. By turns intimate, observational, rude, moving and funny, it offers a compelling portrait of a character, a landscape and indeed China at a particular moment in time. Opening Gala: Ju Anqi in Conversation with film critic Tony Rayns Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Ju Anqi discusses his career and premieres his latest film, Drill Man. Born in 1975 in Xinjiang in Chinese Central Asia, he is a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy and today is a critically regarded multimedia artist and filmmaker. His debut, There’s a Strong Wind in Beijing (2000), marked him out as a pioneer among China’s new generation of experimental filmmakers. + Drill Man China 2016. Dir Ju Anqi. 35min A subversive and experimental work set against a rapidly developing China. This event will be followed by a reception for ticket-holders in the Blue Room FRI 5 MAY 18:15 NFT2 THU 11 MAY 18:10 NFT3 WED 3 MAY 20:40 NFT2 TUE 2 MAY 18:10 NFT3


BFI SB Guide May Page Turner
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