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2018 Chinese Visual Festival
CVF 2018 Jury Award

The 8th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London 3rd – 6th May at BFI Southbank and King’s College London. The festival this year is delighted to welcome a fantastic selection of guests to London, including Cheung King-wai, Nicole Chan, Kit Hung and Hong Kong Fresh Wave directors. 
Visit the CVF website for tickets and the full programme
The 2018 Jury announce the winning film for the 8th edition of the Chinese Visual Festival…
The Jury of the 8th Chinese Visual Festival today announced the film they have selected as their winner, ahead of the festival which begins Thursday 3 May. The select group – assembled by the Head of Festival to reflect filmmaking, film industry and film academia from West and East – revealed that Zhao Qing’s documentary Please Remember Me is their pick.

Selected from all of the feature films that will screen at Chinese Visual Festival’s 2018 edition, Please Remember Me follows an elderly woman as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses and her dedicated husband who tends to her care through good times and bad. 

Please Remember Me will receive its UK premiere at King’s College, London on Sunday 6 May at 12:00pm. Tickets are free, and are available here

Please Remember Me - trailer

Reflecting on the film, Head Juror Matthew Hurst described: “This thoroughly emotional documentary draws the audience to the subject by capturing the subjects in an engaging and heart-felt way. Their struggle and the husband’s dedication to his ailing wife is beautiful to see and could have so easily made audiences feel uncomfortable, but the director’s approach embraces the audience, welcoming them to the couple’s love-filled lives.”

With similar affection, juror Hiu Man Chan stated: “This sincere and warm documentary touched my heart deeply. The director has an eye for the charm of the protagonists and develops in such a way as to make it one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in recent years. It tells its story simply but is also powerful enough to resonate with audiences, particularly those Chinese who are living abroad.”

Juror Wang Bang commented: “This documentary captured precisely what it is to live in a country like China where effective medical care comes with a price tag. The film links the beautiful and intimate connection between Confucian teaching and an old fashioned Chinese intellectual’s family life. The gentle, naturalistic storytelling is smooth and skilful, and the cinematography is simple but stunningly moving. As the quality of life of people living with dementia in China is rarely seen, this documentary is something very precious.”

The 2018 CVF Jury
Every year Chinese Visual Festival assembles a team of top industry experts, academics and filmmakers to select the very best films from the programme. This year the CVF Jury includes Hiu-Man Chan, Matthew Hurst and Wang Bang…
About Hiu Man Chan
Hiu Man Chan is Series Editor of the Intellect China Library and was involved in producing several Chinese-English translation book projects including Beijing Film Academy Yearbook and Film Studies in China. As an academic researcher, her own research interests include Chinese cinema, history of film criticism and arthouse cinema exhibition. She writes as a columnist for the UK-Chinese Times and has been working as an independent consultant for UK-China cultural diplomacy since 2012. She is also working on her first debut feature documentary.

About Matthew Hurst
Matthew Hurst has worked for several major film and television organisations including the Oscars, BBC and British Film Institute, as well as working across theatrical, broadcast, physical product and digital distribution projects for independent film distributors. In his current role at Cine Asia, he has helped bring the worldwide record-beating Wolf Warriors 2, Feng Xiaogang’s epic Youth and the box office smash Detective Chinatown 2 to UK audiences. He has volunteered with the Chinese Visual Festival and Queer Asia Film Festival, and takes evening classes in Mandarin at SOAS University of London.

About Wang Bang
Wang Bang began her career as a journalist, and has gone on to write fiction and film criticism. She has published eight books, including one about film, entitled Cinematic Cities, several collections of short stories, a Manga story entitled Ya San (in French), and a film script, The Dream Cages, which won the award for the Best Feature Drama at the NYIFF in 2011. Her documentary film University City Savages has been shown at numerous international film festivals, and her short stories have been published in Chutzpah, Chinese Literature Today (University of Oklahoma Press), Words Without Borders, Guggenheim Art Museum etc. She has also translated work by English poets. She lives in England where she writes as a freelance columnist on political & gender issues for various Chinese media. Her current non-fictional stories could be found on Sailors of the World, New Beijinger published by Dandureading.

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Support for the Hong Kong programmes under CVF, including the visit of Cheung King-wai and Nicole Chan, comes courtesy of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London.

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