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October 14, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM$10
(China, 2015) West Coast Premiere
Tibetan sheepherder Tharlo (Shide Nyima) journeys from his remote village to get a photo ID in the nearest town of Qinghai province where he meets a city woman (Yangshik Tso) whose romantic intentions may not be what they first seem. Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden tells this age-old tale in black-and-white, richly capturing contrasts of geography and tone as a naive romance turns into something darker.
DCP, color, in Tibetan with English subtitles, 123 min. DIR/SCR: Pema Tseden; CAST: Shide Nyima, Yangshik Tso
IN PERSON: Cinematographer Gu Changwei, art curator John Kong
FREE RECEPTION FOR TICKET HOLDERS: 6:30 p.m.
! (China, 2016) World Premiere
Co-presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Gu plays visual puns with the exclamation point icon warning internet users in China of blocked content. “!” repetitively cycles into “i” and back again.
Digital video, b/w, 3 min. DIR: Gu Changwei
N39º54′ 12.56″ E116º23′ 14.20″ (China, 2015) World Premiere
In recent years, Gu Changwei, the award-winning director (Peacock, 2005) and cinematographer (Farewell My Concubine, 1993), has turned to art photography and video installation. In this transfixing iPhone-shot video from his “money” series, the Great Hall of the People stands as immovable an edifice in Tiananmen Square as it does etched on the Chinese 100 RMB banknote — a permanent lodestar while human and vehicular traffic ebb and flow in super slo-mo before it. An earlier version of the video was presented as an installation at the Shanghai MOCA and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.
Digital video, b/w, 16 min. DIR/CINE: Gu Changwei
3rd China Onscreen Biennial