2019 is set to be a big year for CVF, with our Chinese New Year programme at BFI Southbank fast approaching, and with plans well underway for our annual festival in May. The team is currently pulling together a fantastic selection of films from around the Chinese language speaking world which we can't wait to bring to UK audiences later in the year, along with some very exciting guests - more news coming soon!
Chinese New Year 2019 2-4-1 Ticket Offer
With our Chinese New Year screenings kicking off on 21st January, we're delighted to bring CVF audiences a special 2-4-1 ticket offer for all BFI Southbank CNY screenings: simply quote NEWYEAR241 when booking online or over the phone.
Showcasing some of the very best of recent Chinese language cinema, the award-winning films are a mix of documentaries and fiction and include the UK Premieres of the Hong Kong box office hit Men on the Dragon, with director and cast Q&A (tbc), and the documentary A Way Out, and the London Premiere of the doc Turtle Rock. The entertaining and challenging films cover a wide range of subjects, from middle-aged men fighting back against their troubles through dragon boat racing, to the lives of villagers in a remote mountain village in China and the moving stories of three Chinese teenagers growing up in different economic and social environments.
CVF’s 2019 Chinese New programme is part of the wider Chinese Art Now festival, the first arts festival in the UK dedicated to British-Chinese performance and culture, which runs from 19th January to 2nd February 2019 – click here for more information. The ticket offer also applies to Chinese New Year films being screened by our friends at Filming East as part of the CAN festival, which can be found on the BFI ticket link above.
Men on the Dragon: Sunny Chan and Tony Wu Tsz Tung in Conversation
CVF is delighted to be welcoming to London Sunny Chan and Tony Wu Tsz Tung, the writer director and star of Men on the Dragon! As well as taking part in a Q&A after the film's UK Premiere at BFI Southbank, Sunny and Tony will be coming to King's College London on Saturday 26th January at 14:00 for a very special In Conversation event.
Sunny Chan, writer and director of Men on the Dragon
Following an on-stage discussion about their careers and experiences in the Hong Kong film industry, Sunny Chan and Tony Wu Tsz Tung will take part in a Q&A with the audience. With Sunny having written a number of high profile films before making his directorial debut with Men on the Dragon, including Monster Hunt 2, Funeral March and others, and Wu coming from a background as a sportsman, this promises to be an event which is lively and entertaining as well as providing fascinating insights into breaking into the global film industry.
Tickets for the event are free, though registration is required via Eventbrite.
Men on the Dragon: UK Premiere + Director and Cast Q&A
A heartfelt, feel-good blockbuster Hong Kong comedy about a group of middle-aged men who rediscover their lust for life - followed by Q&A with director Sunny Chan and star Tony Tsz-Tung Wu.
UK Premiere + Q&A + drinks reception
January 25, 2019
BFI Southbank, NFT1
Four telecoms engineers join a dragon boat team to avoid layoffs and end up finding out a lot about themselves in the process. Screenwriter Sunny Chan’s directorial debut is a well-observed comedy-drama with much to say about men of a certain age facing all sorts of mid-life crises. From infidelity and forgotten dreams to unrequited love and nagging families, the only thing that’s safe seems to be a pair of elusive Andy Lau concert tickets.
This slothful band of loveable losers, played by a fine cast led by Francis Ng, soon find it’s not about winning the race but how you take part, in an underdog sports drama that’s not really about sports at all. It’s deservedly been a local hit on its release, but audiences everywhere will find much to connect to in one of the most enjoyable Hong Kong comedies of recent years.
Men on the Dragon - trailer
Supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London.
This new documentary charts the lives, hopes and fears of three Chinese teenagers from contrasting social backgrounds.
January 23, 2019
BFI Southbank, NFT3
A Way Out follows the lives of three young students from Beijing, a city in Hubei and a countryside village in Gansu over the course of six years (2009 to 2015). For these youths from different family backgrounds, succeeding in school and fulfilling family expectations are not a guarantee for happiness.
As they navigate the school system with difficulty, they develop an awareness that education does not always lead to the ‘way out’ they hoped for. They nonetheless share their aspirations and struggles with the camera, allowing us to feel some intimacy with the young characters as they walk towards adulthood.
A fascinating documentary about a small village in a mountainous region of China.
January 21, 2019
BFI Southbank, NFT2
The remote Chinese village of Turtle Rock, named after a local rock formation that resembles a giant turtle, has been home to just seven families who share four surnames for almost a century and who moved there after fleeing war. Filmed delicately from afar in stunning black and white, this beautiful observational documentary witnesses to the residents as they weather the four seasons. Director Xiao Xiao’s grandmother was one of the first people to be born in Turtle Rock, and the fact that he grew up in the village allows him to get close to the inhabitants as they go about their daily lives in poetic fashion.