HOME brings together some of the finest talents working in contemporary Chinese cinema with a programme of short films drawn from the Hong King International Film Festival’s ‘Beautiful’ series.
With work from the likes of Jia Zhangke, Lu Yue, Tsai Ming-Liang and Ann Hui, and an introduction from Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford, this is an unmissable way to mark the start of the Year of the Rooster. Supported by the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester.
Chinese Film Forum UK presents: Chinese New Year 2017 + Intro
Wednesday 25 Jan, 6:15pm
To celebrate Lunar New Year 2017, the Chinese Film Forum UK and HOME join forces with the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society to screen work by some of the most outstanding filmmakers working today. Each year the HKIFF invites top directors from Asia to contribute a short piece under their catch-all banner Beautiful. Four of the most exciting pieces have been selected by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME, to celebrate the best of Chinese filmmaking and New Year 2017.
(Tsai Ming-Laing, from Beautiful 2012) approx. 25mins
A monk walks slowly, ever so slowly, through the urban landscape of Hong Kong and at once through his actions makes the familiar strange.
(Ann Hui, from Beautiful 2012) approx. 20mins
Based on a true story, in Ann Hui’s My Way Francis Ng plays a middle-aged executive with a wife and family who finally admits he might be happier as a women.
(Lu Yue, from Beautiful 2013) approx. 16mins
Utilising a style that draws on shadow puppetry Lu Yue reinvents a Buddhist fable about good and evil and gives it a self-reflexive twist.
(Jia Zhangke, 2016) approx. 24mins
In Jia Zhangke’s witty contribution to Beautiful a group of unemployed Shanxi coalminers undertake a road trip in search of work.
This screening is supported by the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester. With thanks to the Hong Kong International Film festival Society.
This screening will be introduced by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME.
Be A Woman + Q&A
Wednesday 1 February, 6:15pm
Chinese Film Forum UK and the University of Manchester’s Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology present this exploration of drag queens in Nanning, a city located in Southwestern China. There, in the bar called Only-Love, we meet performers Zi-Qi, Bread, Lala and Shannon and discover what loves and lives they have behind their sophisticated performances.
There will be a post-screening Q&A with director and queer independent filmmaker and curator Fan Popo.
HOME, 2, Tony Wilson Place, First St, Manchester M15 4FN