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VIFF Sneak Preview: China movies

From: Cali
Sent on: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 11:07 AM
Dajia hao!

The VIFF has already released its Sneak Preview but the full program of films will come out on Saturday (September 12) at noon. This is also when the Box Office will open.
So far, from the Sneak Preview, there will be at least 10 movies from China (most probably more when the full schedule is available.

1428 (China, 117 min.) <1428X>
The Great Sichuan Earthquake of 2008 and its aftermath traumatized and inspired China in equal measure. Du Haibin?s documentary captures everyday heroism as victims rebuild their lives among the rubble. An astonishingly insightful film, whose palpable humanity comes seasoned with compassionate skepticism.

The Cow (China) <COWXX>
The sole survivor of a Japanese attack in WWII, shock-haired Chinese farmer Nie Er becomes an unlikely resistance hero, along with his companion, an indomitably loyal milk cow. Guan Hu?s picaresque black comedy packs a delightfully absurd punch, with stunning images illustrating a touching magic-realist fable.

John Rabe (Germany/China, 134 min.) <JOHNR>
?Courageous German businessman John Rabe, who was partly responsible for saving an estimated 200,000 people during the Japanese Rape of Nanjing, is given a worthy, stirring, old-style widescreen memorial.? ?Screen. Winner of four German Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Actor (Ulrich Tukur).

Kun 1: Action (China) <KUNON>
Young and endearingly headstrong,Wu Haohao could be China?s answer to Vincent Gallo. His film is a Godardian assault on the political and social apathy of his generation, attacking false values and promoting renewed commitment?and free love. Adults only! Dragons & Tigers Award nominee. With shorts.

Oxhide II (China, 133 min.) <OXHID>
One of Chinese cinema?s boldest experiments in narrative fiction is also the funniest Chinese film of the year. Liu Jiayin?s story of making dumplings with her parents structures this formally daring, wryly amusing look at family dynamics, economic burdens and the ethics and aesthetics of cooking from scratch.

Petition (China, 129 min.) <PETIT>
Zhao Liang?s staggering epic account captures 12 years in the lives of a community of petitioners in Beijing who struggle to survive in the capital while attempting to lodge official complaints with contemptuous officials. This documentary combines compassionate intimacy with an absolutely courageous, sweeping vision of resistance to injustice.

Queer China (China, 60 min.) <QUEER>
Chinese gay activist and radical filmmaker Cui Zi?en has made an authoritative documentary?both history and celebration?on queer culture in China. Testimony from theorists, activists and artists outlines the modern origins of Chinese homosexuality through its attempted suppression to its breakthroughs in the last decade.

Sun Spots (China, 112 min.) <SUNSP>
A tale of love, betrayal and revenge, shot with maximum restraint in a verdant mountain paradise in central China. Yang Heng captures the anguish and passion of a youthful lost generation with a camera whose eloquence turns each of his exquisitely long takes into a veritable poem.

I'll setup at least one Meetup for Sun Spots. As usual, even if you RSVP Yes, each person will be responsible for being their own ticket.

Ci zhi,

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