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

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

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!)

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Tony Rayns praises Chinese Indies at the Vancouver Film Festival

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

In Joanne Lee-Young’s article for the Vancouver Sun, longtime Asian film programmer and critic Tony Rayns spotlights some of his favorite films in this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival Dragons & Tigers Program of Asian cinema. Our own blog contributor Shelly Kraicer programmed the Chinese titles in the series, some of which are mentioned below:

Rayns: “In the last 10 years or so… nearly all of the creative energy in [mainland] Chinese cinema has come from the independent sector, from kids working outside the film industry.”

This means that when there is an event, like the devastating Sichuan earthquake last year, filmmakers like Du Haibin, “who has always been drawn to the marginal, the dispossessed and people who are socially at the bottom of the ladder,” said Rayns, rush off to film those events.

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