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Monday, October 18, 2021

Seeing China Through Film by China Institute in NY

 

Seeing China Through Film continues with talkbacks featuring iconic Chinese film directors
Thursday: Meet the Director Who Inspired Martin Scorsese
Join us as Jia Zhangke talks about The Pickpocket (小武 Xiao Wu), one of the most impressive directorial debuts in 21st century Chinese cinema, with noted film expert Richard Pena.
 
The movie tells the story of a poor provincial town looking to crack down on crime in 1997, against the backdrop of the transfer of Hong Kong’s sovereignty offering a bitterly unadorned look at contemporary Chinese life during the reform era.

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November 17: A Lighthearted Look at a Changing China
Join us for a conversation with Zhang Yang, China’s most successful independent filmmaker, who will discuss his acclaimed work, Shower, with producer Peter Loehr, and film expert Richard Peña!

Our experts will talk about China in the 90s, the impact of the reform era on film, the and the important legacy of Shower, more than two decades after its release. Set in a public bathhouse in an old neighborhood of Beijing, the country’s struggle between tradition and modernity is played out between two brothers, against the backdrop of a cast of bathhouse patrons.
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And, don't miss additional online programs of note:
October 27: How the Past is Driving China’s Future Cities
For decades, China’s planners focused on tearing down the old, and building the new in order to fuel the nation’s rapid development. Glistening cities rose, while psychological and social costs took a back seat. Today, as China struts more confidently on the world stage, its architects are reaching back to Chinese tradition to reinvent urban planning—and redefine what it means to be modern.

November 16: Is Capitalism Done in China?
What is driving President Xi Jinping’s moves to re-centralize control over China’s economy and society? On the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, the Leninist doctrine that underpins its history is reemerging to challenge capitalist-style, market reforms.

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