Jia Zhangke in Conversation 10th May
As part of the 2014 Chinese Visual Festival (CVF), Filming East and CVF are delighted to present a rare screening of early short films by Jia Zhangke at King’s College London at 14:00 on Saturday 10th May, followed by the director in conversation.
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Chinese Visual Festival and Filming East are proud to offer London audiences the unique chance to spend an afternoon in the company of Jia Zhangke, one of the most acclaimed and important directors in modern Chinese cinema. This is a rare opportunity to see a selection of Jia’s short films and to hear him discuss them and his career. Like many other directors, Jia started his career with short films, though unlike most of his contemporaries, he has continued to produce them throughout his career. On the 10th, we bring together a cluster of these hidden gems in a special programme that spans the entirety of Jia’s career to date, including Xiao Shan Going Home, Cry Me a River, In Public and The Canine Condition.
Jia Zhangke in his own words:
“The reason I love making short films is the limits of the form, which stir my imagination. Short films are comfortable for me to make because they don’t require the long process of organization and the financial support of feature films. They’re a fast, lively way of releasing my thoughts and feelings. Even though they pose a challenge in terms of the market because they have no real possibilities there, for me short films serve the same function that sketches do before you start a painting, in that they stimulate my excitement and passion.”
Jia Zhangke has been China’s leading festival film director for two decades now, and is the country’s most well-known and highly respected filmmaker internationally. In China, he is known as a high profile celebrity and pundit as well as a filmmaker, and his calls for more variety in Chinese cinema, more experimentation, and less commercialism, are aired widely. Jia has also been chosen to sit on this year’s jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
The screening is part of the 2014 Chinese Visual Festival, which also features guest directors Pema Tseden from Tibet and Chen Yin Yen from Taiwan, plus more than 40 independent films from the Chinese speaking World from 7-18th May in London.
Jia Zhangke is also at the BFI Southbank on Thursday 8th May, for a special preview of his latest work, the award-winning A Touch of Sin (released in UK cinemas May 16th by Arrow).
About Chinese Visual Festival
Since the overwhelming success of its first edition in 2011, the Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) has been established as a major event on the London cultural calendar, bringing independent contemporary Chinese cinema and art to UK audiences. Hosted by China Culture Connect and King’s College London, the festival continues to grow and innovate, finding new and exciting ways of bringing Chinese creativity to the world.
About Filming East
Filming East Festival (FEF) has been organising Chinese film festivals in the UK since 2007. As a well-established brand with over 6000 online subscribers and extensive link to the Chinese film industry, FEF not only offers the UK audience cultural exposure to China, but also the UK film industry a portal to their Chinese counterparts.