Since June 2017, UCCA has cooperated with Lantern Cine-Club and Blackfin to present the “New Asian Scenery” screening series, presenting one outstanding Asian film every month. Past film screenings include The City of Mirrors: A Fictional Biography by Vietnamese director Truong Minh Quy, Turah by Indonesian director Wicaksono, Snakeskin by Singaporean director Daniel Hui, Time to Read Poems by Lee Soojung, The Return by Green Zeng, and Yokohama Mary by Nakamura Takayuki. In December, UCCA will screen Hills and Mountains by Chinese director Zhao Xu, exploring the spiritual concerns behind the artist’s film.
As a platform for art film screenings, UCCA aims to foster international communication in the film industry, premiering pieces such as Tharlo by Pema Tseden and Kaili Blues by Gan Bi in its Auditorium.
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Hills and Mountains
Director: Zhao Xu
Category: Fiction & Documentary Film
Runtime: 80 minutes
Because of his artist’s block, life feels meaningless to Qiu Shan. After a strange girl, who hails from the boundary between reality and fantasy, appears before his eyes, Qiu Shan’s whole sense of self is thrown into doubt. He decides to leave the city, embarking on a journey of self-discovery in the mountains.
Zhao Xu (Director)
Zhao Xu is a film director and artist. In 2015, his short documentary film “Regarding Lambs in the City” was officially selected by the 6th Chinese Visual Festival. He completed his first feature film, Hills and Mountains, in 2017. Besides films, his works also include paintings and video installations.
New Asian Scenery
New Asian Scenery is co-founded by Lantern Cine-Club and Blackfin. New Asian Scenery has hosted monthly screenings in Beijing since late 2016, showing films and hosting talks by Vietnamese director Minggui Zhang, Japanese director Kiyoshi Sato, Malaysian director Kek Haut Lau, Japanese director Tetsuya Mariko, Indonesian director Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, Singaporean director Daniel Hui, Korean director Lee Soojung, Singaporean director Green Zeng, and Japanese Director Nakamura Takayuki. New Asian Scenery aims to be a platform where filmmakers and cinephiles can enjoy screenings together, engage in conversation, and contribute to the Asian film industry’s growth.
Founded in 2015, Lantern Cine-Club has screened more than a hundred independent films and invited several directors, along with their film teams, to share insight into their creative processes. After being brought “on scene” for firsthand experience of the production process, audiences develop a deeper understanding of the context around each film.
Blackfin Production is a production company focusing on investment, production, and distribution of art films and independent documentaries. Based in Beijing, it has branch offices in Hangzhou, Hong Kong, and Paris, which are responsible for production, project development, international sales and acquisition, respectively. For the past three years since its founding, Blackfin has discovered several young promising directors, whose films have gone on to be selected for numerous international film festivals, including Bi Gan, (Best Emerging Director and Special Mention for First Feature at the Festival del film Locarno 2015 and Best New Director at the Golden Horse Awards 2015 for his 2015 film Kaili Blues), Qiu Jiongjiong (official selection at the Sign of Life of Festival del Film Locarno for his 2015 film, Mr. Zhang Believes), Zhai Yixiang (Best Feature Film at K26 of Filmfest Hamburg 2015, Best Art Contribution at FIRST for his 2015 film, This Worldly Life), Wang Xuebo (New Currents Award at the 21st Busan International Film Festival for his 2016 film, Knife in the Clear Water), Geng Jun (Special Jury Award in Cinematic Vision at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for his 2016 film, Free and Easy), and Zhai Yixiang (Grand Prize million TWD award at Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion for his new film, Mosaic Portrait). With an international outlook, Blackfin Production aims to bring vitality the film industry both in and beyond China.
16:30-18:00 Film Screening
18:00-18:30 Director O&A
- Chinese with Chinese and English subtitles