UCCA Exclusive Screenings 10th European Union Film Festival: Special Selection of Fantasy Films

In partnership with the 10th European Union Film Festival and JUST Fantastic Film Studio, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is pleased to present a special selection of fantasy films” in October and December 2017 repectively. October sees the exclusive screening of three fantasy-mystery films: How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Porto, and Coherence. The original book behind the film How to Talk to Girls at Parties was nominated by the Hugo Awards for Best Short Story. This series introduces storytelling and cinematographic techniques inherited from fantasy movies to Chinese audiences, while also presenting the beauty of European cinema to the international film world.

An art institution with an international outlook, UCCA actively promotes cultural exchange through film screenings and frequently collaborates with the French, Canadian, Australian, Austrian, and Dutch embassies, as well as the European Union, Goethe Institute, and French Institute of China, among others. UCCA also organizes a series of domestic and international film screenings, along with other public events.



How to Talk to Girls at Parties

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60 RMB/ UCCA Member




30 RMB/ Adult

20 RMB/ UCCA Member



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10.22 (Sun) 13:00-15:00      How to Talk to Girls at Parties

10.22 (Sun) 15:30-17:00      Porto

10.25 (Wed) 19:30-21:30     How to Talk to Girls at Parties

10.26 (Thurs) 19:30-21:00    Coherence, Q&A

About the Film

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Screenwriters: John Cameron Mitchell, Philippa Goslett, Neil Gaiman

Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Matt Lucas

Runtime: 102 min

Genre: Comedy/Romance/Science Fiction/Musical

Country: United Kingdom/United States

Language: English

Awards: Nominated at Cannes Film Festival for the Queer Palm Award

Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman that was nominated by the Hugo Awards for Best Short Story, the film is about the birth of punk, the exuberance of first love, and the universe’s greatest mystery of all: how to talk to girls at parties. It tells a story of two London schoolboys who go to a party where they meet beautiful foreign exchange students. However, the students are in fact aliens from another galaxy, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage.



Director: Gabe Klinger

Screenwriter: Larry Gross / Gabe Klinger

Starring: Anton Yelchin / Lucie Lucas

Runtime: 76 min

Genre: Drama/Romance

Country: Portugal/France/USA/Poland

Language: English/Portuguese/French

Jake and Mati are two outsiders in Porto who once experienced a brief connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time.



Director: James Ward Byrkit

Screenwriter: James Ward Byrkit / Alex Manugian

Starring: Emily Baldoni / Maury Sterling /Hugo Armstrong

Runtime: 89 min

Genre: Si-Fi / Mystery /Thriller

Country: USA / UK

Language: English

Strange things begin to happen as a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.


European Union Film Festival

European Union Film Festival is a film cultural exchange program organized by the European Union External Action Service (EEAS). The film festival aims at bringing the most representative and celebrated films from the 28 EU member states to Chinese audiences. All of the films are selected by experts from film festivals, film councils of EU member states’ governments, and the largest distributers in China and abroad. The selected films are the most celebrated and popular films from each member country. For “The Best of Cannes,” film councils select the best films from the Cannes Film Festival and present them in China. Chinese audiences are able to watch the films five months after they premiered in Cannes in May, allowing them to experience them “without any time lag.”


JUST Fantasy Base

JUST Fantasy Base is the first platform for genre films in China, with particular focuses on Chinese Sci-fi and fantasy productions.


James Ward Byrkit

James Ward Byrkit is an established director and scriptwriter known for his work in the animation film Rango and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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  • 2017.10.22 – 2017.10.26
  • Auditorium
  • Various languages with Chinese subtitles