Acclaimed Sixth Generation director Wang Xiaoshuai opens the second COB with his latest work and the sole Chinese film to debut in the main competition at Venice this year, Red Amnesia (West Coast Premiere, 2014).
Closing Film honors goes to Diao Yinan and his Berlinale Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice (West Coast Premiere, 2014).
The Spectrum section presents an exciting selection of new features and shorts, including World, North American and US Premieres. Narrative, documentary, experimental and animation, all get their play, as do stories of shock and angst and more oneiric and lyrical renderings. What the Spectrum films may differ in subject, genre and style, they share in being works we believe are fully worthy of your attention.
This year’s COB also features two auteur homages: a Tribute to Wu Tianming (吴天明), the late, accomplished director who, as chief of the Xi’an Film Studio in the 1980s, nurtured the groundbreaking cinema of the Chinese Fifth Generation; and Jiang Wen (姜文): Let the Movies Fly, our salute to the actor-director who has blazed a path of maverick glory through nearly three decades of Chinese filmmaking.
Complementing the films will be art slideshows, created especially for the COB by four notable Chinese and China-based artists: the two-person collective Birdhead, Michael Cherney and Yan Xing. The slideshows will be projected in the COB theaters in the wait time before film screenings, and will explore China’s media convergence and flux through the double theme of 景观 | 观景 or landscape | viewing. (Flipping the Chinese characters yields the double meaning.)
More than simply a series of film screenings, this multi-city biennial endeavors to create a context for American audiences to better understand China’s breathtaking transformations in film and media, and the transnational impact of those transformations.
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