From January 14th to 16th, 2018, UCCA joins Owspace to present films that have won The 3rd One Way Street Book Festival, given to young directors whose filmic concerns are bound up with readings of literary texts. Six films and documentaries will be shown in a special section of the award, “Existence and Renaissance—Youth Literary Film Screening.” By exploring the daily lives of writers, the dilemmas of poets, the poetry hidden in the everyday, the struggles of marginalized people, and the harsh costs of survival, these films paint a unique portrait of the era. They include Still Tomorrow (nominated for the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival Golden Goblet Award; The Verse of Us (winner of Best Documentary of Golden Goblet Awards at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival); and Nezha (nominated for New Currents Program in 2014 Busan International Film Festival). The City of Exile is the first Chinese documentary about the life of the poet Gu Cheng; the screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Lü Meijing. His Muse, His Lack of Possibilities tells the story of Martin Walser, honored, alongside Heinrich Boll and Gunter Grass, as one of Germany’s greatest post-war writers; the screening will be followed by a Q&A with director. Orphan, directed by poet Chen Jiaping, tells the story of children, taken in by the church, who dream of finding a home.
The One Way Street Book Award strives to encourage young writers to document the changes that developments in science and culture have wrought on contemporary society and language, while continuing to search for new, relevant interpretations of literary classics, and affirming the value of a life that has been enriched by literature.
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2018.1.14 (Sun) 13:30-15:00 Still Tomorrow
2018.1.14 (Sun) 15:30-17:30 The Verse of Us
2018.1.14 (Sun) 18:30-20:00 Nezha
2018.1.15 (Mon) 19:00-22:00 The City of Exile
His Muse, His Lack of Possibilities
2018.1.16(Tue) 19:30-21:00 Orphan
Director: Jian Fan
Cast: Yu Xiuhua, Zhou Jinxiang, Yu Wenhai, Yun Shiping
Country: Mainland China
Duration: 88 min
Awards: Nomination for Best Documentary of Goblet Awards at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival
This is a film that follows the life of the poet, Yu Xiuhua, suffering from cerebral palsy, whose poetry is renowned for its frank portrayals of body and desire, as she struggles to break free of her unhappy marriage and move into a room of her own.
The Verse of Us
Director: Wu Feiyue, Qin Xiaoyu
Cast: Chen Nianxi, Wu Xia, Wu Niaoniao, Lao Jing, Jikeayou
Country: Mainland China
Duration: 104 min
Awards: Nomination for Best Film Editing at the 52th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Nomination for Best Documentary at the 52th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Best Documentary of Golden Goblet Awards at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival
This film tells the story of a small embattled community—migrant poets—whose sober, lyrical poems reveal the dark underbelly of the “economic miracle” that is post-reform China.
Director: Xiaofeng Li
Writers: Xiaofeng Li, Mu Wang, Yu Pan
Cast: Jiaqi Li, Haofei Li, Jin Chen, Peng Xin, Huan Li
Country: Mainland China
Duration: 98 min
Awards: Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 51st Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Nomination for Best New Director at the 51st Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Nomination for Best Film for the Asian New Talent Award at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival
Nomination for Best Screenplay for the Asian New Talent Award at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival
Nomination for Best Actress of Asia New Talent Awards at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival
Nomination for Best Documentary of New Currents Program at the 19th Busan International Film Festival
When she is sixteen years old, transfer student Li Xiaolu meets class favorite Wang Xiaobing, and the two become best friends. Together, the two read books by Sanmao and explore Bao City—their favorite spots, the orchard and riverbank. However, over time, they grow apart and stop talking. The summer after high school graduation, however, Xiaobing comes to see Xiaolu—a reunion that recalls the day they met.
The City of Exile + Director Q&A
Director: Lü Meijing
Screenwriter: Lü Meijing
Cast: Xichuan, Tang Xiaodu, Wen Xin, Liang Hong, Wu Sijing, Li Ying
Produced in: China
Duration: 69 minutes
The City of Exile is the first documentary produced in Mainland China about the poet Gu Cheng, including interviews with the poets Yang Lian, Mangke, Xichuan, literary theorists Xie Mian and Tang Xiaodu, novelist Youyou, photographer Xiao Quan, curator Song Xinyu, editor Rong Tingjin, and more. The film takes the viewer to New Zealand’s Waiheke Island, ando the wooden hut in which Gu spent the final years of his life, as well as sites where he had poetry readings, like the Purple Bamboo Park, Yuyuantan Park, the Old Summer Palace. It also returns to Dongsi Shitiao, once the editorial headquarters of Today, the literary magazine, founded in 1978, that catapulted Bei Dao and the Misty Poets to fame. The documentary will also include previously unreleased supplementary material, such as photos, drafts, sound recordings. The actor Lü Yu provides narration.
His Muse, His Lack of Possibilities + Director Q&A
Director: Liu Kuan
Vice-director: Wang Ximin
Cast: Martin Walser, Huang Liaoyu
Country: Mainland China
Duration: 38 minutes
Martin Walser’s literary and popular reputation remains undiminished in Germany. Named the best known German public figure besides Pope Benedict XVI by the media, Walser is considered one of the three great German post-war regionalist writers, alongside Nobel laureates Heinrich Boll and Gunter Grass. He is the author of over twenty novels, the recipient of more than thirty literary awards, including the Georg Büchner Prize, the most important literary prize for authors writing in German, as well as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. Through interviews with authors, translators, critics, ordinary readers, and Walser himself, this film takes viewers on a cross-cultural journey of literary influence.
Director: Chen Jiapin
Duration: 88 minutes
At daybreak, a priest reads in an orphanage. When the sun rises, the townspeople hold a funeral. In the autumn fog, a new church is being constructed. Insects, cats, dogs, orphans, townspeople attending services, all seek comfort. In the night, the priest, exhausted after a day of writing, falls asleep. Between reality and illusion, he arrives at a graveyard, exchanging glances with an old, dying person. The seasons change: rainy days, winter snows. The new church is built, and the towns people have the biggest celebration of the year—Christmas. The orphans, too, celebrate, gathered together over their meal in hushed silence, as if waiting for a theophany.
Owspace, formerly known as One Way Street, is an independent bookstore known among the literary, academic and art worlds for its high-quality, hand-picked book selection, as well as the thousands of cultural salons it has organized in the last ten years, which take the form of lectures, seminars, charitable art sales, concerts, screenings, plays, and more. Owspace is also a content production company, offering the latest in youth intellectual culture through affiliated publications like the Owspace magazine, the Owspace app, the Owspace WeChat platform, and other programs.
- 2018.1.14 – 2018.1.16
- English with Chinese subtitles