New York - Asian CineVision and the 39th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF 2016), in association with Shanghai Film Distribution and Exhibition Association, is thrilled to present four New York City premieres of award-winning Chinese art films. The series is curated by the Shanghai Art Film Federation (SAFF) and will take place in New York City on August 5th and 6th, 2016. It will be opening at the Crosby Street Hotel and holding three screenings at the Anthology Film Archives. Prior to coming to the U.S., the Festival has been presented in Pakistan and Japan.
FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE: THE BEIJING OPERA / 霸王别姬 (3D)
This ancient tale tells the story of a Chinese emperor’s rise and fall and his doomed love for a beautiful woman. At the end of the Qin Dynasty about two thousand years ago, the nations of Chu and Han wage a war over control of the entire country. Xiang Yu, the “Overload of West Chu”, is conceited and stubborn; while his enemy Liu Bang, the founding emperor of the Han dynasty, is wise and humble. At the battlefield, Xiang’s troops suffer several major defeats but even with his forces surrounded by the Han army, Xiang is determined to launch a counterattack. His lover, Yu Ji, and his generals try in vain to dissuade him from such a suicidal effort. When defeat becomes imminent. Yu Ji kills herself after a heartbreaking sword dance so that she will not hinder Xiang’s retreat. The Chu army is crushed in the last battle and although Xiang Yu has an opportunity to escape, he chooses to kill himself rather than live with the shame of having led countless soldiers to their demise.
FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE will be screening at 7:00pm at the Crosby Street Hotel on August 5th.
YOUNG LOVE LOST / 少年巴比伦
Adapted from a critically acclaimed contemporary Chinese novel, YOUNG LOVE LOST presents viewers the melancholy and beauty of Lu Xiaolu‘s misspent youth in a small town in South China. In the 1990s, Xiaolu arrives at a chemicals factory as a fresh graduate from a technical school, lost and directionless. He learns nothing more than turning screws as a fitter and changing light bulbs as an electrician. Outside of work, he spends his time playing computer games, getting into fights, pursuing women, and generally fooling around. He falls in love with Bailian, the factory doctor, but she abruptly leaves him for Shanghai for education and a brighter future.
YOUNG LOVE LOST has been nominated for awards at Taibei Golden Horse Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, and Shanghai International Film Festival.
YOUNG LOVE LOST will be screening at 2:30pm at the Anthology Film Archives on August 6th.
RIVER / 河
In RIVER, the complexity of family relations takes center stage. A little Tibetan girl is weaned by her mother who has become pregnant, causing the girl to think she is losing her parents’ love. Her fears go largely unnoticed. At the same time, her shepherd father’s resentment against her grandfather continues to simmer over what he perceives to be an unforgivable act. Tibet’s isolated landscape provides a stunning backdrop to the family’s slide into crisis, while the comically expressive face of the little keeps the mood tender.
Actor Yangchen Lhamo was named Asian New Talent Award-Best Actress at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival for her performance in this film. RIVER was selected for the Generation section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and won four nominations at the FIRST National Film Festival.
RIVER will screen at 5:00pm at the Anthology Film Archives on August 6th.
DEEP IN THE HEART / 心迷宫
A young man tries to get away from his family’s overwhelming power, but when he accidentally kills a local thug, his fate will be intricately linked to his father’s. A woman, who for years has been victim of domestic violence, finds comfort in the arms of her ex-lover. The news of the death of her husband arrives as she was planning his murder. An honest village chief plans to retire but an exceptional event related to his son will pull him into the abyss.
DEEP IN THE HEART will screen at 7:00pm at the Anthology Film Archives on August 6.
To learn more about the full schedule of events, visit: http://www.asiancinevision.org/acv-presents-chinese-art-film-festival-august-5-6/
About Shanghai Art Film Federation (SAFF):
Shanghai Art Film Federation (SAFF) is a cultural organization established by the Shanghai Film Distribution and Exhibition Association. SAFF’s mission is to provide a platform for screening outstanding art films from China and abroad, to discover promising new filmmakers, to boost the influence of films on society and raise cultural awareness, and to bring Chinese cinema to the international stage.
About Asian CineVision:
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video.