The opening night film is Chen Kaige’s Forever Enthralled, a biopic about Peking opera performer Mei Lanfang. It shares some similarity to his earlier Farewell My Concubine in that it is in the opera world and deals with gender issues.
The other six film screened will be Peng Chen’s Walking to School, Hu Mei’s Confucius, Chen Deming’s The Dreams of Jinsha, Xu Jinglei’s Go, Lala Go!, Chen Kuo-fu and Gao Qunshu’s The Message, and finally Teddy Chen’s Bodyguards and Assassins.
The festival continues until Tuesday August 16 at the Cinéma du Parc.
Montreal Chinese Film Festival
August 12th to 16th
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Threatened to vanish, Chinese cinema was resuscitated in the mid eighties, carried by a new generation of moviemakers recognized by various international film festivals. At the same time, the star system, an important aspect of Shanghai cinema in the 1930s, made a strong comeback.
While Hong Kong received great success with such directors as Tsui Hark, John Woo or Wong Kar-Wai in the 1990s, we also saw a major renewal in Mainland China and Taïwan. A new generation of filmmakers emerged and successes eventually culminated, notably when Canne’s Palme d’or was handed out to Chen Kaige for his film Farewell my Concubine in May 1992.
Nowadays, Chinese cinema internationally distinguishes itself by its wonderful diversity. Its films evoke the desire both to entertain and to challenge. Popular Chinese productions have a unique style that appeals to different audiences and that has nourished and inspired action films produced in North America. For example: Yuen Woo-Ping choreographed the combat scenes in The Matrix and John Woo directed Mission: Impossible 2. Chinese actors also shine through American productions. Chow Yun-Fat, whom we have seen in the third chapter of Pirates of the Caribbean and Anna and the King, comes to mind.
In parallel with the economic miracle of China, the Chinese cinematographic industry stands strong at world’s third rank. In order to make Chinese cinema known from Montreal’s public, MONTREAL’S CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL will present recent and varied films from this burgeoning industry. It will also be the occasion to learn about China’s history and culture as well as about its traditions. The Festival offers an opportunity for both communities to get closer and to facilitate the professional exchanges between Chinese and Quebecois cinema.
Amongst the films that will be shown as part of Montreal’s Chinese Film Festival : FOREVER ENTHRALLED, Chen Kaige’s most recent feature film; CONFUCIUS, with Chow Yun-Fat in the title role; and THE DREAM OF JINSHA, the first ever Chinese animation film made in three dimensional drawings (not to be confused with “relief cinema”), released in 2010.
From August 12th to 16th, Cinéma du Parc invites you to come and discover China’s contemporary cinema!
Friday August 12 th at 6:30 pm
MEI LANFANG / FOREVER ENTHRALLED
Saturday August 13th at 3pm
WALKING TO SCHOOL
Saturday August 13 th at 7pm
Sunday August 14th at 3pm
MENG HUI JIN SHA CHENG / THE DREAM OF JINSHA
Sunday August 14 th at 7pm
DU LALA SHENG ZHI JI / GO LALA GO!
Monday August 15 th at 7pm
FENG SHENG / THE MESSAGE
Tuesday August 16th at 7pm
SHI YUE WEI CHENG / BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS