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Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, England, SE1 8XT
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Chinese Visual Festival

Chinese Visual Festival has been bringing the UK the best in Chinese language independent films, documentaries, shorts and experimenta since 2011. For our 2019 Chinese New Year programme, we are excited to be screening two of the most acclaimed Chinese documentaries of the last year – Zheng Qiong’s A Way Out, following three teenagers from different socio-economic backgrounds over six years, and Xiao Xiao’s Turtle Rock, depicting life in a remote mountainous village. We also present the UK Premiere of the Hong Kong hit Men on the Dragon, in which a collection of middle-aged men form a dragon boat racing team.

A Way Out, Documentary – UK Premiere, China-Germany, 2017, Dir. Zheng Qiong, 94 mins, in Mandarin with English subtitles. Wednesday 23rd January, 20:30, NFT3

Men on the Dragon + Q&A with director and cast (TBC) + drinks reception, Fiction – UK Premiere, Hong Kong, 2018, Dir. Sunny Chan, 92 mins, In Cantonese with English subtitles. This screening is made possible by support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office London. Friday 25th January, 18:30, NFT1

Turtle Rock, Documentary – London Premiere, China, 2017, Dir. Xiao Xiao, 101 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles. Thursday 31st January, 20:30, NFT3

Tickets on sale on the below dates: 3rd December for BFI Patrons and Champions 4th December for BFI Members 11th December for General Public.

Wed 23 Jan

£11.50 (£9.20 concession, members £9.50, £7.20 members concession)

Fri 25 Jan

£11.50 (£9.20 concession, members £9.50, £7.20 members concession)

Thu 31 Jan

£11.50 (£9.20 concession, members £9.50, £7.20 members concession)

Filming East: British Chinese Film Day

Since 2007, Filming East Festival has been devoted to screen and promote films that reflect the cultural richness and diversity of Chinese speaking regions. As part of CAN Festival 2019, Filming East will screen two award-winning contemporary feature films that explore lives and stories in two completely different regions of China and host a British Chinese Film Day.

“British Chinese Film Day”

Short Film Session (1 hour in total) +Q&A, 60 mins

This session will screen the films of the Filming East Short Film Award winners, which is the competition of short films mainly produced by Chinese ethnicity filmmakers in the U.K with various genres including narrative, animation, fashion video, and documentary.

Sunday 27th January 2019, 12.50pm

SUSU(素素)+ Q&A with director + cast, Fiction, UK 2018, Dir. Yixi Su, 106 minutes, in English and Mandarin

Sunday 27th January 2019, 15.15pm

End of the Day: Reception and networking.

Sun 27 Jan

£11.50 (£9.20 concession, members £9.50, £7.20 members concession)

Filming East: The Fragile House

Since 2007, Filming East Festival has been devoted to screen and promote films that reflect the cultural richness and diversity of Chinese speaking regions. As part of CAN Festival 2019, Filming East will screen two award-winning contemporary feature films that explore lives and stories in two completely different regions of China and host a British Chinese Film Day.

The Fragile House(海上城市), Drama, China, 2018, Dir. Lin Zi, 81 mins, in Hokkien with English subtitles.

Thu 31 Jan

£11.50 (£9.29 concession, members £9.50, £7.20 members concession)

Filming East: The Soul of Himalaya

Since 2007, Filming East Festival has been devoted to screen and promote films that reflect the cultural richness and diversity of Chinese speaking regions. As part of CAN Festival 2019, Filming East will screen two award-winning contemporary feature films that explore lives and stories in two completely different regions of China and host a British Chinese Film Day.

The Soul of Himalaya(喜马拉雅之灵), Drama, China, 2017, Dir. Yunhui Zeng, 109 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles

Wednesday 30th January, 20:20, NFT3.

Wed 30 Jan

£11.50 (£9.20 concession, members £9.50, £7.20 members concession)

The best in world and arthouse cinema is always on offer at this international film centre. Three screens show a variety of new, classic and archive releases, with films for a fiver on Tuesdays. Elsewhere in the building there's the Mediatheque facility, which gives access to the extensive BFI archive, and the well-stocked BFI Filmstore.

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