Following the October European Union film screenings of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and Coherence, UCCA again collaborates with the European Union and JUST Fantasy Base to present five film screenings in December. In Portuguese film Porto, director Gabe Klinger pays tribute to love, film fans, and Anton Yeltsin, famous for his role in the Star Trek reboot series. Liberation Day focuses on “the 21st century’s most fascinating cultural event,” a rock concert held in North Korea, and was nominated for Best Feature Length Film at the Latvian National Film Awards. Just Go! was inspired by a true story about a young man who has lost both legs in an accident, fighting for the girl he loves when she becomes a victim of a crime, and won the Audience Award for Best Short during the 2017 Stony Brook Film Festival. Jimmy On the Run tells the tale of a street fashion photographer from Amsterdam. Guardians of the Earth follows 20,000 climate change negotiators in Paris who are trying to save our planet. Both Guardians of the Earth director Filip Anton Malinowski and Porto director Gabe Klinger will engage in Q&A’s with the audience after the screenings of their respective films.
As an art institution with an international outlook, UCCA seeks to promote cultural exchange by means of film screenings, frequently collaborating with cultural centers such as the French, Canadian, Australian, Austrian, and Dutch embassies, as well as the European Union, Goethe Institute, and French Institute of China. UCCA also organizes a number of series of domestic and international film screenings, along with related activities.
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12.2 (Sat) 19:00-21:00 Porto with Q&A
12.9 (Sat) 14:00-16:00 Liberation Day, Just Go!, Jimmy On the Run
12.10 (Sun) 14:00-16:00 Guardians of the Earth with Q&A
Director: Gabe Klinger
Screenwriter: Larry Gross, Gabe Klinger
Starring: Anton Yeltsin, Lucie Lucas
Duration: 76 min
Country: Portugal, France, USA, Poland
Language: English, Portuguese, French
2016 San Sebastian International Film Festival, New Directors Award, Nomination
2016 São Paulo International Film Festival, New Directors Competition Best Film, Nomination
2017 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, International Competition Best Film, Nomination
Synopsis: Jake and Mati are two outsiders who experience a brief but intimate connection in the ancient city of Porto. Years later, they remain haunted by the night they shared.
Directors: Ugis Olte, Morten Traavik
Screenwriter: Morten Traavik
Starring: Boris Benko, Tomaz Cubej, Milan Fras, Janez Gabric
Duration: 100 min
Country: Slovenia, Latvia, Norway
Languages: English, Korean
Awards: 2017 National Latvian Film Awards, Best Feature Length Documentary, Nomination
Synopsis: What is it like to hold a rock concert in North Korea? Norwegian artist Morten Traavik stunned the world by announcing that he would arrange the first ever rock concert in North Korea and choosing, of all bands, the controversial ex-Yugoslav avant-garde collective Laibach. Did Laibach’s reinterpretations of The Sound of Music and Korean folk song “Arirang” please their crowd of 1,500 North Koreans, never exposed to anything resembling experimental rock & roll? To answer this question, Liberation Day takes you behind the scenes of what philosopher Slavoj Žižek calls “the most fascinating cultural event of the 21st century.”
Director: Pavel Gumennikov
Screenwriter: Laura Lapina
Starring: Aleksandrs Ronis, Jana Herbsta, Toms Veličko, Sergejs Fjodorovs
Duration: 11 min
Genre: Short Film
Synopsis: Just Go! is inspired by the incredible true story of 24-year-old Just, who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident, and is in love with his neighbor, 23-year-old Leva. When Just and Leva strike up a conversation on their doorstep, thieves run by, robbing Leva. In the space of a breath, Just decides to chase the thieves, take back Leva’s bag, and win her heart.
Jimmy On the Run
Director: Wytse Koetse
Screenwriter: Wytse Koetse
Starring: Jianmin Huang
Duration: 7 min
Genre: Short Film
Synopsis: Jianmin Huang, born 1984 in Rural China, is a freelance fashion and street photographer based in Amsterdam. His photographs’ timelessness and intimacy, and the fact that he is always chasing after the city’s fresh sights and eclectic people to take his next picture, have earned him the nickname, “Jimmy on the run.”
Guardians of the Earth
Director: Filip Anton Malinowski
Screenwriter: Filip Anton Malinowski, Carlo Pisani
Starring: Noora Hamad AlAmer, Tony de Brum, Carole Dieschbourg
Duration: 86 min
Country: Austria, Germany
Language: English, German
Synopsis: After 21 years of continuous failure in the UN climate change negotiations, 195 nations and 20,000 negotiators from all around the world meet at a private airport shielded by the military in the north of Paris in a last attempt to save our planet. This is the true story of the Paris Agreement.
European Union Film Festival
European Union Film Festival is a film cultural exchange program organized by the Delegation of the European Union to China. The film festival aims at bringing the most representative and celebrated films from the 28 EU member states to Chinese audiences. All films are carefully selected by the Film Festival team in collaboration with member states’ national film bureaus and major film distribution companies in Europe and China. In “The Best of Cannes,” the Film Festival team selects and screens the best films from the Cannes Film Festival for Chinese audiences just months after their release in Cannes.
EEAS is the bigger one, Delegation of the European Union is more specific (also, the Chinese says “Delegation of the EU”).
JUST Fantastic Film Studio
JUST Fantasy Base is the organizing committee for the JUST Film Festival. As the first platform for genre films in China, JUST focuses mainly on fantasy and sci-fi films, and consists of four main departments—Screenings, Master Classes, Carnival for Cinema, and JUST Fantasy Lab.
Gabe Klinger (Director)
Gabe Klinger is the director of Porto, winner for best screenplay at the Mons International Love Film Festival. His documentary film, Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, was awarded the Venezia Classic Award for Best Documentary at the 70th Venice Film Festival.
Filip Anton Malinowski (Director)
Filip Anton Malinowski has directed and produced over 14 documentary films, including Deportation, Aria’s Love, and most recently, Guardians of the Earth.
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- 2017.12.2 – 2017.12.10
- Various languages with Chinese subtitles