Tales from the New Chinese Cinema

Pomona College Museum of Art & Department of Media Studies present four Chinese films in April:

Mon Apr 11 | 7:30 pm
Liu Jiayin: Oxhide II (Niupi II) 2009, 133 min.
Director Liu Jiayin will screen and discuss her celebrated Oxhide II, the impressive sequel to her stunning 2004 film Oxhide. Set around a kitchen table in a Chinese home, Oxhide II conveys the story of a family crisis through a powerful composition that uses only nine shots, which move in 45-degree increments. Considered to be one of the most original directors of her generation, Liu Jiayin studied screenwriting at the Beijing Film Academy, where she now teaches.

Tue Apr 12 | 7:30 pm
Zhu Wen: Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi) 2010, 80 min.
Preceded by: Sun Xun: 21G (21 KE)
Director and novelist Zhu Wen will screen and discuss his intriguing feature Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi). Set in the country side during the Beijing Olympics, Zhu Wen’s third feature Thomas Mao recounts the farcical story of an unexpected friendship that develops between a Western painter backpacking through the grasslands of Mongolia and an eccentric inn-keeper who lodges him. Inherent to the narrative are issues of translation, domination, and desire.

Wed Apr 13 | 7:30 pm
Jia Zhangke: I Wish I Knew (Hai Shang Chuan Qi) 2010, 138 min.
Preceded by: Ying Liang: Condolences (Wei Wen)
China’s most significant filmmaker of the décade, Jia Zhangke has done it again, with another alluring hybrid of documentary and fiction. Here Jia weaves a dense texture between amorously shot footage of contemporary Shanghai and the films the city created or inspired. Peeking through the gaps of an architecture menaced by permanent urban renewal, he finds the traces of a romantic or brutal past, and echoes the voices of survivors or those who went into exile.

Thu Apr 14 | 7:30 pm
Huang Weikai: Disorder (Xian Zai Shi Guo Qu De Wei Lai) 2009, 58 min
Preceded by: Ying Liang: Condolences (Wei Wen)
A splendid, original experiment on how to translate urban texture on the screen. Huang Weikai collected more than 1,000 hours of footage shot by amateurs and journalists in the streets of Guangzhou. He then selected 20-odd incidents, reworked the images into quasi-surreal grainy black-and-white and montaged them to create a kaleidoscopic view of the great southern metropolis, in all its vibrant, loud and mean chaos.

All films will be presented at the
Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre
Smith Campus Center
170 E. Sixth St., Claremont CA 91711

These film screenings are presented in collaboration with REDCAT’s film festival “Between Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales from the New Chinese Cinema.” The REDCAT film series has been curated by Cheng-Sim Lim and Bérénice Reynaud. The program presented at Pomona College has been organized by Jonathan M. Hall and Marie B. Shurkus

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