25
Jan
10

Ateneo Celadon: Chinese Spring Film Festival 2010

Films (Chinese-language with English subtitles):

1. In Love We Trust 左右 (115 mins)
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.

Meizhu and Xiaolu were once happily married and a lovely daughter, Hehe, is born to them. After their divorce, both remarry, but when Hehe contracts leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant from a sibling, they face the dilemma of their lives. Their loyalty, relationships, love and commitment are all put to the test.

2. Cape No. 7 海角七号 (133 mins)
Directed by Wei Te-Sheng. Multi-awarded at the 2008 Golden Horse Awards, Grand Prize in the 2008 Asian Marine Film Festival.

Aga, a frustrated-rock-star-turned-substitute-postman, tries to form a band for a concert organized by the Japanese talent agent, Tomoko. They soon find themselves linked to an earlier time, when a Japanese schoolteacher fell in love with a Taiwanese girl he had to leave behind. This romantic comedy-musical, the all-time movie blockbuster of Taiwan, is a fresh approach to Taiwan’s history as a Japanese colony.

3. The World 世界 (105 mins)
Directed by Jia Zhangke. Best Foreign Film at the Toronto Film Critics Association (2005).

‘The World’ refers to a theme park that invites visitors to see the world without leaving Beijing. With its replicas of world icons such as the Eiffel Tower and the leaning tower of Pisa, the park and its shows are a glittering attraction, but behind it are lonely workers struggling to communicate and find love. The story follows the pretty dancer Tao and the security guard Taisheng in a film that tries to reflect on the fate of individuals in the face of globalization.

4. Seventeen Years 過年回家 (85mins)
Directed by Zhang Yuan. Won Best Director at the Shanghai Film Critics Award (2000) and the Singapore International Film Festival (2000).

In her teenage years, Tao Lan accidentally kills her stepsister and is convicted of murder. After seventeen years, she is granted a new year’s furlough, but her parents do not fetch her from prison. Tao Lan befriends a prison guard who helps her mount a reunion with her family, but after the tragedy and the heartache, is a reunion possible?

Show Times

February 3, 2010 (Wednesday)
In Love We Trust – 11:35am-1:30pm
Cape No. 7 – 2:00-4:15pm
The World – 4:45-7:00pm
Seventeen Years – 8:30-9:55pm (invitational screening)

February 4, 2010 (Thursday)
Seventeen Years – 2:00-3:25pm
The World – 3:55-6:10pm
Cape No. 7 – 6:40-8:55pm
In Love We Trust – 9:25-11:20pm

February 5, 2010 (Friday)
The World – 2:00-4:15pm
In Love We Trust – 4:45-6:40pm
Cape No. 7 – 7:10-9:25pm
Seventeen Years – 9:55-11:20pm

February 6, 2010 (Saturday)
Seventeen Years – 2:00-3:25pm
The World – 3:55-6:10pm
In Love We Trust – 6:40-8:35pm
Cape No. 7 – 9:05-11:20pm

February 7, 2010 (Sunday)
Seventeen Years – 2:00-3:25pm
Cape No. 7 – 3:55-6:10pm
The World – 6:40-8:55pm
In Love We Trust – 9:25-11:20pm

February 8, 2010 (Monday)
The World – 2:00-4:15pm
Seventeen Years – 4:45-6:10pm
In Love We Trust – 6:40-8:35pm
Cape No. 7 – 9:05-11:20pm

February 9, 2010 (Tuesday)
Cape No. 7 – 2:00-4:15pm
In Love We Trust – 4:45-6:40pm
Seventeen Years – 7:10-8:35pm
The World – 9:05-11:20pm

Related Event: Chinese Painting Exhibit

When and where: February 3-11, Grand Atrium, 2F Shangri-La Mall
What: An exhibit by the Chan Lim Family & Ateneo Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students

What is the Spring Film Festival?

The project aims to promote Chinese culture in Metro Manila by showcasing the talents of the Chinese in the media and in the arts through Chinese movies. The project seeks to continue the film festival that was started by the Chinese department 2 years ago (January 2007). This year, the organization will continue to play a bigger role in terms of promotions, logistical needs and procurement of sponsors.

The Spring Film Festival is a project of the Ateneo Celadon Culturals Department together with the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies of the Ateneo de Manila University. This project is a week-long film showing Chinese movies that will embark upon the different genres of the film industry. The films will be shown at a selected theater and tickets will be sold to everyone interested. This project aims to promote the artistic but more importantly the cultural heritage of Mandarin-based movies.


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