- Guest directors Jia Zhangke, Pema Tseden and Chen Yin Yen
- More than 40 cutting-edge films, including world and UK premieres
- China Independent Film Festival 10th Anniversary event and guests
- Local filmmakers showcase, panel discussions with key industry figures and academics, including Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
- Wang Xin’s daily experimental art installation project The Gallery
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The full line-up of films for the 2014 Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) has been announced, screening from May 7th – 18th at King’s College London, with events also held at Riverside Studios with DocHouse and the BFI. Tickets are now on sale via the festival website: chinesevisualfestival.org
The festival is thrilled to welcome two of the most important filmmakers in modern independent Chinese language cinema, Jia Zhangke and Pema Tseden. In addition to a preview of A Touch of Sin at the BFI, Jia will be in conversation at King’s on May 10th, presenting a very special screening session of his early and rarely seen short films, including Xiao Shan Going Home, Cry Me a River, In Public and The Canine Condition. Acclaimed Tibetan director Pema Tseden opens the festival with Old Dog, with a full retrospective of his works being held during the following week. Pema will also take part in Q&As, a discussion on Tibetan Culture and a Chinese language filmmakers workshop, in which up-and-coming local directors screen and debate their works.
CVF continues its tradition of screening the best in contemporary Taiwanese documentary and indie cinema in the Vision Taiwan strand, featuring seven carefully selected films and headlined by The Way We Are from director Chen Yin Yen. Chen will be at the festival in person, introducing his challenging and highly affecting documentary on May 9th, as well as taking part in other events. Vision Taiwan will be an on-going program in collaboration with the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture, with other events to follow throughout the year.
The CVF team has travelled extensively around the Chinese-speaking world to bring UK audiences the very best in cutting-edge independent filmmaking, including documentaries, fiction, shorts and experimental cinema. The 40+ films cover a fantastic range of contemporary genres and issues, with strands focusing on works from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and beyond. Highlights include gangsters in Burned Wings and E Huang Mountain, humanist documentaries like Blossom of Tears, and a rich selection of experimental cinema including Deformity Sci-Fi, Martian Syndrome, and Kun 13: Criticising Ai Weiwei and Wu Haohao.
CVF is proud to be working for the first time with DocHouse on the Voices from China Now program, held at Riverside studios on May 12th. The evening includes screenings of Zheng Kuo’s award-winning documentary The Cold Winter, focusing on the struggle of artists against land developers near Beijing’s famous Chaoyang District 798, and Little Proletarian, Shen Jie’s wild look at troubled youth in a small Chinese town. CVF is also delighted to be collaborating with Newcastle and Nottingham Universities in holding a celebration of ten years of the China Independent Film Festival (CIFF), one of the most vital and enduring Chinese language film events. To help mark this remarkable anniversary, CVF will be hosting a special animation session, as well as welcoming CIFF’s Cao Kai and Zhang Xianmin for what promises to be a fascinating panel discussion.
As usual, CVF guests will be joined by a rich variety of leading academics and key figures in the film industry and related social studies, who will take part in Q&A sessions as well as a program of talks and symposiums, making the festival a lively forum for discussion and debate. This year, audiences will also have the chance to attend sessions with noted writer, commentator, film festival programmer and screenwriter Tony Rayns, who will be presenting his fun and informative lecture The Secret History of Independent Chinese Films.
CVF Film Curator Xie Jingjing commented: “The line-up of films at the festival this year is our strongest and most varied yet. There really is something for everyone, from action and drama through to challenging documentaries, animation and innovative art cinema, and we’re very proud to be offering audiences the chance to see films they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Many of our filmmakers make their films with their own money, at great personal cost and sacrifice, and it means a lot to be able to help them have their voice and to let them tell their fascinating stories”.
Full details are available on the Chinese Visual Festival website: www.chinesevisualfestival.org
Art exhibition details are available on the Cultural Institute at King’s web pages:
Support for Pema Tseden comes courtesy of King’s College London Arts and Humanities
Support for Jia Zhangke comes courtesy of the BFI and Arrow
Support for Chen Yin Yen comes courtesy of the Taiwan Ministry of Culture