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Co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Stage Sisters  /  The Hedonists

Stage Sisters
October 19, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Please note: this screening takes place at the James Bridges TheaterOnline advance sales available.  Cash only at the box office.

Special thanks:  China Film Archive.

West Coast Restoration Premiere!

Stage Sisters  (China, 1964)

In this lush backstage drama set in the decades leading up to 1949, two Chinese opera actresses sing their way from the countryside to the city and back.  Caught up in the Cultural Revolution, veteran director Xie Jin’s portrait of female solidarity and awakening political consciousness was banned but revived in the 1980s as a masterpiece of Chinese filmmaking and is now newly released in this magnificent 4K digital restoration.

4K DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 112 min.  DIR: Xie Jin.  SCR: Lin Gu, Xu Jin, Xie Jin.  CAST: Xie Fang, Cao Yindi, Shangguan Yunzhu.

Preceded by

West Coast Premiere!

The Hedonists  (China, 2016)

Critically acclaimed director and new member to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Jia Zhangke and his longtime muse Zhao Tao craft a drily absurdist tale of three laid-off coal factory workers retraining to be performers at a new cultural theme park.

DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 26 min.  DIR: Jia Zhangke. SCR: Zhao Tao, Jia Zhangke.  CAST: Liang Jingdong, Han Sanming, Yuan Wenqian.