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October 14, 2016 - 7:30 pm
cinematographer Gu Changwei, art curator John Kong.

There will be a free reception for ticket holders starting at 6:30 p.m.

West Coast Premiere!

Tharlo  (China, 2015)

Tibetan sheepherder Tharlo (Shide Nyima) journeys from his remote village to get a photo ID in the nearest town of Qinghai province where he meets a city woman (Yangshik Tso) whose romantic intentions may not be what they first seem.  Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden tells this age-old tale in black-and-white, richly capturing contrasts of geography and tone as a naive romance turns into something darker.

DCP, color, in Tibetan with English subtitles, 123 min.  DIR/SCR: Pema Tseden.  CAST: Shide Nyima, Yangshik Tso.

Preceded by

World Premiere!

!  (China, 2016)

Gu plays visual puns with the exclamation point icon warning internet users in China of blocked content. “!” repetitively cycles into “i” and back again.

Digital video, b/w, 3 min.  DIR: Gu Changwei.

World Premiere!

N39º54' 12.56" E116º23' 14.20"  (China, 2015)

In recent years, award-winning director (Peacock, 2005) and cinematographer (Farewell My Concubine, 1993) Gu Changwei has turned to art photography and video installation.  In this transfixing iPhone-shot video from his “money” series, the Great Hall of the People stands as immovable an edifice in Tiananmen Square as it does etched on the Chinese 100 RMB banknote – a permanent lodestar while human and vehicular traffic ebb and flow in super slo-mo before it.  An earlier version of the video was presented as an installation at the Shanghai MOCA and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.

Digital video, b/w, 16 min.  DIR/CINE: Gu Changwei.

Co-presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.