2019 Chinese Visual Festival Announcement
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2019 Chinese Visual Festival: Official Announcement

CVF 2019 Programme Announced
  • Headline guest Stanley Kwan – the legendary Hong Kong director will be presenting the UK Premiere of First Night Nerves and screenings of the classics Rouge and Women
  • UK Premiere of the award-winning Hong Kong transgender drama Tracey, attended by director Jun Li, actress Jennifer Yu and acclaimed writer producer Shu Kei, a leading figure of the Hong Kong independent film scene
  • Acclaimed filmmaker Ying Liang will present special screenings of his early works and his critically-lauded A Family Tour
  • UK Premieres from around the Chinese language speaking world covering documentary, independent fiction, LGBTQ+ cinema and more
  • Tickets and festival passes on sale now from the CVF website

The 9th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held from May 2 to 9 in London at BFI Southbank and King’s College London. This year’s festival builds on the success of previous editions, bringing the very best in the cinema of the Chinese language speaking world to UK audiences in a programme of unprecedented variety crammed into one unmissable week.  

Tickets for all events at BFI Southbank and King's College London are on sale now, including Festival Passes and discounted Group Tickets. 

Visit the CVF website for the full programme and tickets
Stanley Kwan

This year, CVF welcomes legendary director Stanley Kwan, known for some of the most acclaimed and beloved Hong Kong films of all time. Following the UK Premiere Opening Gala BFI Southbank screening of his latest film First Night Nerves, and rare screenings of the classic films Rouge and Women, Stanley Kwan will be taking part in an on-stage conversation at King’s College London. 

The In Conversation event will cover Kwan’s career, from his early years at TVB through to being recognised as one of the most important and acclaimed Hong Kong filmmakers of modern times. Known for socially-conscious films dealing sympathetically with the plight of women and their struggles with romantic affairs of the heart, Kwan has worked with many of the biggest stars and filmmakers in Hong Kong, and has won multiple awards around the world for his works. 

Closing Gala: Tracey + Cast and Crew

For this year’s Closing Gala at BFI Southbank, CVF presents the UK Premiere of the award-winning transgender drama Tracey, the first film of its kind from Hong Kong. Attending the screening will be director Jun Li, writer and producer Shu Kei and actress Jennifer Yu, who will also take part in an In Conversation session at King’s College London to discuss their lives and careers in the Hong Kong Film industry.

Jun Li and Jennifer Yu have been hailed by many as fast-rising talents, while Shu Kei is a celebrated industry veteran. Shu Kei is known as one of the leading figure of the Hong Kong independent film scene, having worked with Ann Hui and others, and for his humanistic telling of queer stories on screen and who will also be presenting a special session of his film Thin Dream Bay and its companion documentary Imagining Evan Yang at King’s College London, followed by an extended Q&A. 

Ying Liang and Fan Popo

CVF is also delighted to welcome to London Ying Liang, one of the foremost independent Chinese filmmakers working today comes to London for special screenings of his recent and key works. The festival will feature his latest work A Family Tour as well as his early films A Sunny Day and When Night Falls, with the director taking part in several Q&A sessions with the audience. Ying Liang will also join Crack of Dawn, a roundtable discussion session featuring director Ying Liang, film critic Tony Rayns and scholars Jessica Yeung and Victor Fan, to talk about his career and creative influences. 

Fan Popo, one of the leading queer filmmakers and activists working in China, comes to CVF to present his latest work The Drum Tower, a moving short following two souls lost in the ever changing city of Beijing. 

Docs, LGBTQ Cinema and More

In CVF’s most varied edition yet, the impressive line-up of cutting edge films also includes the UK Premieres of the documentaries In CharacterFour Springs,The Land of Peach Blossoms and Stammering Ballad, covering a wide range of topics from the impact of the cultural revolution through to the changing landscape of China. 

The festival continues its commitment to screening Chinese language LGBTQ-themed films, the programme this year including the powerful dramas The Rib and Meili, as well as the Closing Night Gala Tracey. 2019 promises to be the most varied and exciting year yet for Chinese Visual Festival, underlining the Festival’s growing reputation as a key event in London’s cultural calendar. 
Visit the CVF website
Support for the Hong Kong programmes under CVF, including the screenings of First Night Nerves, Rouge, Women, and Tracey, as well as the visit of Stanley Kwan, Jun Li, Jennifer Yu and Shu Kei, comes courtesy of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London.

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