Chinese Films at Vancouver International Film Festival plus Interview with Zhao Dayong

I Wish I Knew (dir. Jia Zhangke)

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs from September 30 to October 16. Dragons and Tigers, the Festival’s perennially stellar lineup of new Asian films, once again presents a strong lineup of titles, thanks to the efforts of programmers Shelly Kraicer and Tony Rayns. Jia Zhangke will serve in the Dragons and Tigers jury, along with Korean director Bong Joon-ho and Canadian helmer Denis Cote.

As part of their VIFF coverage, the Globe and Mail interviews Zhao Dayong, whose award-winning The High Life was included in Dragons and Tigers. They open with the rather exasperating question, “Pitch your film in 30 words or less.” (Has Vancouver gone Hollywood?)

The full lineup of Mainland Chinese films selected for Dragons and Tigers follows after the break (without 30 word pitches, sorry!)

Aftershock, dir. FENG Xiaogang
Crossing the Mountain, dir. YANG Rui
Fortune Teller, dir. XU Tong
The High Life, dir. ZHAO Dayong
Karamay, dir. XU Xin
I Wish I Knew, dir. JIA Zhangke
Rumination, dir. XU Ruotao
Single Man, dir. HAO Jie
Thomas Mao, dir. ZHU Wen
Winter Vacation, dir. LI Hongqi

The full list of Dragons and Tigers programs (including roughly 30 word pitches) can be found at the VIFF website.

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