Merry Christmas from CVF and Chinese New Year Programme announced
A Merry Christmas to all of you from the CVF team! A huge thanks for all your support during 2019 and we hope you've enjoyed our events this year. 2020 promises to be even bigger and better, with an extensive UK-wide Chinese New Year touring programme to welcome in the Year of the Rat and with more screenings throughout the year. The landmark tenth edition of Chinese Visual Festival will be held in June 2020, and we're already hard at work selecting guests and the very best in Chinese language cinema. Watch this space for news!
Chinese New Year 2020 Programme
Celebrate The Year of the Rat with CVF around the UK with a specially curated selection of classic films and new releases.
CVF is excited to announce full details of our first ever UK-wide Chinese New Year tour, with 8 films screening in 4 cities across the country from Sunday January 19th. The films screened are a selection of the finest new and classic films from the Chinese-speaking world, covering a wide range of subjects and showcasing the works of acclaimed and established directors as we enter the Year of the Rat. As well as returning to BFI Southbank, King's College London and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, we're hosting our first ever screenings at Regent Street Cinema in London, Summerhall in Edinburgh and Lewes Depot in Lewes.
Films being screened include the UK Premiere of Hong Kong legend Simon Yam’s heartwarming drama Little Q, the hit Chinese New Year documentary Four Springs, a super rare special screening of All’s Well Ends Well, the original 1992 Lunar New Year blockbuster, starring Stephen Chow, Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheung, ground-breaking Mainland Chinese trans drama The Rib, the hard-hitting thriller Wrath of Silence, and Du Haibin's award-winning documentary A Young Patriot.
We're also delighted to be working with our friends at MUBI on special screenings of Diao Yinan's Cannes-competitor The Wild Goose Lake, which we're pairing in Glasgow with his multiple award-winning Black Coal, Thin Ice as part of a Chinese noir double bill.
Tickets are on sale now for all screenings, and check out the full schedule below.
London: BFI Southbank
Sunday 19th Jan: Little Q - 15:00
Thursday 23rd Jan: All's Well Ends Well - 18:00
Sunday 26th Jan: Four Springs - 14:20
London: Kings College London
Friday 24th Jan: Wrath of Silence - 18:30
London: Regent Street Cinema
Tuesday 21st Jan: The Wild Goose Lake - 20:30
Brighton: Lewes Depot
Wednesday 22nd Jan: Young Patriot – 20:30
Wednesday 29th Jan: The Rib – 20:45
Saturday 25th Jan: Wrath of Silence – 18:00
Sunday 26th Jan: The Wild Goose Lake – 14:00
Sunday 26th Jan: Black Coal, Thin Ice – 17:00
Saturday 25th Jan: Four Springs - 19:00
2019 in review
2019 has been an amazing year for Chinese Visual Festival, kicking off with our Chinese New Year programme at BFI Southbank, which included 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. Director Sunny Chan and actor Tony Wu were in attendance for the sold-out screening of Men on the Dragon, CVF's first in the BFI's NFT1 cinema.
The ninth edition of the festival was the biggest and best yet, running 2nd to 9th May at BFI Southbank and King’s College London, with more than 16 films and events, almost all of which were UK Premieres. This year the festival was proud to bring a truly special selection of guests to London, headlined legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Stanley Kwan, who presented the UK Premiere of his latest film First Night Nerves, as well as very special screenings of his debut Women and the beloved classic Rouge. Other guests included director Jun Li, actress Jennifer Yu and veteran filmmaker and screenwriter Shu Kei, whose transgender drama Tracey closed the festival, as well as acclaimed independent director Ying Liang and queer activist and filmmaker Fan Popo.
The festival packed in an incredible variety of independent features, documentaries, shorts, Q&As, roundtables and more, and received excellent feedback from the audience, who were delighted at the rare chance to catch the films on the big screen. The festival also featured drinks receptions and networking events, and represented a significant step-up from previous editions, with several sold-out screenings at BFI Southbank that saw long standby queues of audience members hoping to get last minute tickets. Attendances at King’s College London were similarly impressive, in particular for screenings of the popular documentary Four Springs, LGBTQ+ drama The Rib and the Ying Liang events, which featured the director discussing his career and screening some of his key works.
2019 also marked the first year of the CVF Golden Dram, awarded to the very best film of the festival as selected by the jury – the first CVF Golden Dram was awarded to Ying Liang’s powerful A Family Tour, with a Special Mention going to Four Springs.
As well as screening a number of other films in London throughout the year, CVF took to the road in October to hold a series of events at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. The highly popular screenings included Four Springs, Tracey and In Character, marking the start of what is certain to be a successful and ongoing partnership.
Thanks again for all your support in 2019, and see you in 2020!
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