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11:00 – 17:00 Saturday 15th February NFT3
Chinese Visual Festival is delighted to announce a day of New Chinese Documentary cinema at the British Film Institute on the Southbank, being held as part of the BFI’s Chinese New Year program.
Rarely seen by Western audiences, these films offer a refreshing and unrestricted perspective on a vast nation. Complemented by talks and Q&A sessions the day will feature three full-length independent Chinese documentaries, starting with Bi Jiang (63 min, Chinese with EST) which focuses on two very different men in a small mountain town in south-western China; one an enthusiastic entrepreneur and the other a devout Christian. The film explores the delicate dance of modernity and tradition against a backdrop of everyday dreams, love and loss. My Way (89 min, Cantonese with EST) takes a look at the Cantonese Opera tradition of male Dan performers – the men who play female roles. This musical and moving film offers a unique look at the struggle for identity and the preservation of cultural values in the face of change. Finally Let’s Fall in Love (90 min, Mandarin with EST) is a hugely popular film from Taiwanese director Wu Wuna. Wuna seeks out Taipei’s thoroughly modern matchmaker, Chen Hailun, who pairs the most unlikely couples.
Tickets are now on sale via the BFI website:
For more details on the films, visit the Chinese Visual Festival website:
About Chinese Visual Festival:
The 2014 Chinese Visual Festival will be held at King’s College London 8th – 17th May 2014. Now approaching its 4th year, Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) is a leading annual cultural event in London showcasing rarely seen documentaries, independent films and contemporary art in the UK as well as other countries outside Asia. Each year, the CVF team sources the most cutting-edge Chinese language films from around the world, with guest directors and artists invited to attend the festival to take part in talks and workshops. The festival presents Chinese reality to overseas audiences through moving images and art, often blurring the line between the two.
In addition to the annual festival, Chinese Visual Festival also collaborates with various organisations in the UK as well as in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to bring Chinese language films and art to wider audiences. Chinese Visual Festival also works with other overseas festivals and introduces British films and art to China.