This Week’s Events: Multiple Showcases of Chinese Films in Oregon, San Francisco and Los Angeles

DGENERATE FILMS EVENTS FOR THE WEEK OF 4/04/11-4/10/11

1428 (dir. Du Haibin)

Disorder, 1428, Oxhide, and Oxhide II at the Cinema Pacific Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon

Part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival. From the Cinema Pacific site:

“CINEMA PACIFIC is an annual film festival based at the University of Oregon in Eugene that is devoted to discovering and fostering the creativity of international films and new media from Pacific-bordering countries, including the U.S. Through onsite and online presentations, the festival connects stimulating artists and ideas with a diverse public, furthering our understanding of world cultures and contemporary issues.”

Tape and Ghost Town at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California

Part of the series “Fearless: Chinese Independent Documentaries.” From the YBCA site:

“The most compelling, politically engaged documentary cinema in the world right now is coming from China. Totally under the radar, with low/no budgets and little/no hope of their work being shown in their own country, filmmakers are using inexpensive digital technology to tell stories that would never otherwise be told. This is not easy stuff – the films tend to be long, and often depict human rights abuses, stories of chaos and neglect, and of state-sanctioned deception. It is a deeply committed cinema, which expects no less from the viewer.”

Oxhide II and Disorder at REDCAT in Los Angeles, California

Part of the series “From Disorder to Unexpected Pleasures: New Chinese Cinema.” From the REDCAT site:

“In recent years, independent Chinese cinema has experienced a virtual explosion. Digital media have allowed filmmakers to be bolder, more daring and to explore hybrid forms of documentary and fiction, or mix found and live footage while playing with novel formal strategies. Independent Chinese cinema has also come of age. Reaching beyond nostalgia and social protest, it plumbs surprising corners of Chinese reality with humor that is at times light, dark, saucy, dry, raunchy or conceptual. Expect the unexpected.”

Information on individual screenings after the break.

Disorder at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
screening at the Cinema Pacific Film Festival
Wednesday, April 6th at 8 PM

Address:
430 Johnson Lane Eugene
OR 97403 On the University of Oregon Campus

Description:
Hua Hsu of The Atlantic calls it “one of the most mesmerizing films I’ve seen in ages“.
As urbanization in China advances at a breakneck pace, Chinese cities teeter on the brink of mayhem.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased here.

Tape at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
screening as part of the “Fearless” series
Thursday, April 7th at 7:30 PM

Address:
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, California, 94103

Description:
Li Ning documents his struggle to achieve success as an avant-garde artist while contending with the pressures of modern life in China.

Tickets for the screening are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, and teachers. Gallery admission is included in ticket price. Tickets can be purchased online here. For directions and more detailed pricing information, visit the YBCA website.

1428 at Bijou Art Cinemas
screening at the Cinema Pacific Film Festival
Friday, April 8th at 6:30 PM

Address:
492 East 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401-4268

Description:
fascinating, beautifully crafted” (Ronnie Scheib, Variety)
Du Haibin’s award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and government respond to a national tragedy.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased here.

Oxhide II at CalArts
Los Angeles Premiere
Friday, April 8th at 8:30 PM

Address:
REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA

Description:
A masterpiece… inventive, quietly virtuosic.” (Bordwell, Observations on Film Art).
Building on the stunning vision of OXHIDE (voted one of the best Chinese films of the 2000s), writer-director Liu Jiayin once again casts herself and her parents in scripted versions of their life in a tiny Beijing apartment.
Tickets are $9 for general admission, $7 for students with ID, and $5 for CalArt students, faculty, and staff. Tickets can be purcased at the CalArt website.

Oxhide with Liu Jiayin at Bijou Art Cinemas
screening at the Cinema Pacific Film Festival
April 9th at 6:45 PM

Address:
492 East 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401-4268

Description:
The most important Chinese film of the past several years“- Cinema-Scope
Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased here.

Disorder at CalArts
Los Angeles Premiere
April 9th at 7:00 PM

Address:
REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA

Description:
gripping, stirring, occasionally shocking“- Hua Hsu, the Atlantic
Huang Weikai’s one-of-a-kind news documentary captures, with remarkable freedom, the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China’s major cities today.
Tickets are $9 for general admission, $7 for students with ID, and $5 for CalArt students, faculty, and staff. Tickets can be purcased at the CalArt website.

Oxhide II with Liu Jiayin at Bijou Art Cinemas
screening at the Cinema Pacific Film Festival
Sunday April 10th at 1:00 PM

Address:
Bijou Art Cinemas
492 East 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401-4268

Description:
A masterpiece… inventive, quietly virtuosic.” – David Bordwell,Observations on Film Art
Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin’s follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased here.

Ghost Town at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Screening as part of the “Fearless” series
Sunday April 10th at 2:00 PM

Address:
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, California, 94103

Description:
A.O. Scott calls Ghost Town a “miniature epic of the everyday“.
Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in a rugged corner of Yunnan Province, Lisu and Nu minority villagers squat in the abandoned halls of this remote former Community county seat.
Tickets for the screening are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, and teachers. Gallery admission is included in ticket price. Tickets can be purchased online here.

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