Beijing Independent Film Festival Proceeds Under Pressure; Full Program Listed

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore reports for IPS:

The Sixth Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) has had to switch venues twice following pressure by the police, obliging the organisers to inform festival-goers of the last-minute location changes.

BIFF, now in its sixth year, is showing over 50 cutting-edge feature films, documentaries, experimental works and animations in Songzhuang, a village on the outskirts of Beijing which is known as a hub for its avant-garde artistic community. The meddling by the authorities – while stopping short of shutting down the festival itself – has thrown into the spotlight the heavy scrutiny that the independent arts face in China by the one-party state.

Karin Chien, founder of dGenerate Films, a New York-based distribution company that specialises in distributing independent Chinese film to audiences worldwide, says she that was not surprised by the most recent interference from the authorities.

“Authorities caused BIFF to change venues twice, to the point where screenings were being held in the festival’s headquarters,” Chien, who was present at the launch event, wrote to IPS in an email. ‘So when the police showed up to stop the first screening, it wasn’t a surprise. The documentary version of BIFF was canceled by the authorities in May, so I suppose we were all holding our breath to see what would happen this time.”

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Click through to access the full program of The 6th Beijing Independent Film Festival

(compiled by Genevieve Carmel)

General Program Curator: Hao Jian

Art Director: Wang Hongwei

General Programmers: Hao Jian, Gan Lin, Liu Yonghong, Wang Hongwei

Forum Hosts: Zhu Rikun, Hao Jian, Yang Yang

Fiction

HELP Hu Yichuan

ADULT MAGAZINE Zhao Xianzu

WINTER SPRING Chen Zhimin

THE SENTIMENTAL ANIMAL Wu Quan

HUAN HUAN Song Chuan

THE DITCH Wang Bing

LOST IN THE MIRROR Ruoban

TOO MUCH CO2 Lai Jinkun

HEAT WAVE Qi Zhonghua

EMBRACING NOT SLEEP YongLee

THE TOWER OF IMMORALITY Zhao Kai

FOLLOW THE SHADOW Xiao Han

BLIND WHITE Sun Shi

THE HEDGEHOG Shi Nuo

FOUR COWARDS Mai Mai

TWENTY DOLLARS Lam See Chit

FLYING TRAIN He Suosi

TRIBULUS TERRESTRIS Deng Li

MY FATHER Li Pisen

Documentary (Programmed by Zhu Rikun and Wang Hongwei)

25 WORDS Liu Shen

APUDA He Yuan

NO COUNTRY FOR PRIVATE HOUSES He Liren

DOCUMENTARY

PATHWAY Xu Xin

THE NEXT LIFE Fan Jian

BEIJING BESIEGED BY WASTE Wang Jiu-liang

SHATTERED Xu Tong

A VILLAGE WITH TWO Zha Xiaoyuan

THE HULLING RICE RECORD Gui Shuzhong

THE COLD WINTER Zheng Kuo

THE OPAQUE GOD Gu Tao and Zhou Yu

THE JOURNEY OF POETRY AND DISEASE Geng Jun

GAS Lin Xin
WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS Ji Dan

THE UNFINISHED HISTORY OF LIFE Cong Feng

MOTHER WANG PEIYING Hu Jie

PORTABLE OCCUPATION Xiao Ben

5+5 Xu Xing and Andrea Cavazzuti

FADING REFLECTIONS Sha Qing

MY MOTHER’S RHAPSODY Qiu Jiongjiong

SOLEMN TRANQUILITY Zhang Zanbo

A VIEW OUT OF MY WINDOW Yu Wenhao

MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY Yu Wenhao

Experimental (Programmed by Zhang Haitao)

A CERTAIN PERSON ON A CERTAIN DAY AT A CERTAIN TIME AT 798 ART DISTRICT Bai Budan

ARCHITECTURE Xu Ruotao

STRUCTURE OF CRYSTAL II Zhao Yu

THE EMPTY ROOM Hu Yangyi

A WORM Han Qiang

I TRAVEL THROUGH TIME TO MEET YOU AGAIN Yang Zhengfan

YOU SAVED ME ON YOUR HAND Chang Po-Yang

DISAPPEARING IN GREEN GRASS, WILD GRASS, AND DUCKWEED Zhang Zanbo

DUST Peng Xiang

AROMA Peng Xiang

Animation (Programmed by Wang Bo)

CITY INTRODUCTION Wang Zhan

THE BLUE HOUSE Gao Siyang and Yang Tianheng

FACE Zhang Tongyue

THE WALL Gu Zhihai

APPLE PICKING Chai Mi

TOGETHER FOREVER Ma Manjie

CHASING Wu Chao

African Section (Programmed by Gertjan Zuilhof and Zhu Rikun)

LI XIA’S SALON Omelga Mthiyane

SNAKE Samson ‘Xenson’ Ssenkaaba

FIRE FLY Caroline Kamya

ZUT! Amour Sauveur Memy

Retrospective Section about Satoh Makoto (Programmed by Zhu Rikun and Hiroki Nakayama)

LIVING ON THE RIVER AGANO Satoh Makoto

MEMORIES OF AGANO Satoh Makoto

OUT OF PLACE MEMORIES OF EDWARD SAID Satoh Makoto

Special Screening Section

CELESTIAL KINGDOM Wang Chao

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