The film section of the 2013 Chinese Visual Festival kicks off this Friday, May 24th with the world premiere of Zhou Hao’s “Emergency Room China”. Also, the festival has announced the winners of its first Jury Prizes.
Chinese Visual Festival, which runs from 8th May until 12th June in partnership with King’s College London, is delighted to announce the results of its first ever Jury Prizes:
Special Mention – the animations of Xiang Jianheng, for their unique vision.
3RD PRIZE to My Way (Cheuk Cheung)
Jury comment: “This beautiful film follows two young men committed to the fading tradition of playing female roles in Chinese opera as a path to self-realization.”
2ND PRIZE to Lost Wall (Pan Zhiqi)
Jury comment: “Lost Wall is a sensitive, intimate and ultimately deeply moving portrait the struggle of a blind masseur and his girlfriend to sustain their relationship and survive on the margins of society.”
1ST PRIZE to Disorder (Huang Weikai)
Jury comment: “Disorder is an exciting and anarchic revival of the city symphony documentary that reveals the cruel energy of China’s social transformation.”
The Jury Prizes were selected by a team of distinguished experts and professionals – Chris Berry (Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London and co-editor of The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: for the Public Record), Tony Dowmunt (Documentary film maker and Senior Lecturer in Communications, Goldsmiths University of London), and Guo Xiaolou (London- based film maker and novelist, author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers).
The prize winners form part of a 10 day program of 29 films from across the Chinese speaking world, almost all UK premieres, including documentaries, animations and fiction. The films cover a wide range of topics, offering glimpses of life in very different environments and presenting audiences with a huge variety of sights and experiences, from the rampaging pigs and chaos of Disorder, through to behind the scenes explorations of China’s institutions, private detectives, punk rock bands, blind dating, Buddhist monks and more.
The festival is thrilled to be welcoming four prestigious documentary film makers: Zhou Hao from Mainland China, Wu Wuna from Taiwan and Tammy Cheung and Wong Yee Mei from Hong Kong. Emergency Room China, the latest film by Zhou, one of the key figures of the modern Chinese Independent Documentary Movement, will make its world premiere on the opening night of the festival’s film section on May 24th. The directors will be on-hand throughout the festival for Q&A sessions, as well as taking part in discussions and panel debates with leading academics and key figures in the documentary film industry and related social studies.
In addition to the film program, CVF is proud to be working with King’s Cultural Institute to present Objects of Fantasy, the first solo exhibition for Chinese artist Wang Yuyang at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing. The festival is also honoured to welcome back the renowned Pipa musician Wang Ting after sold out shows last year, who will be holding a solo concert, as well as a once in a lifetime collaborative show with top London jazz pianist Chris Lee.