2018 Chinese Visual Festival
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2018 Chinese Visual Festival
CVF Arrives + BFI Southbank Ticket Offer

The 8th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) is here! 

Our 2018 edition opens tomorrow Thursday 3rd May at BFI Southbank with our Opening Gala screening of Old Beast, followed by an unmissable extended weekend of film premieres, guests, conferences, drinks receptions and more. This year's festival promises to be our best and most varied yet, again giving UK audiences the chnace to experience the very best in the cinema of the Chinese language speaking world on the big screen. 
Old Beast
Visit the CVF website for tickets and the full programme
Exclusive BFI Southbank 2-4-1 Ticket Offer

CVF is excited to be back at the wonderful BFI Southbank for another year, where we'll be holding our Opening and Closing Galas and receptions, as well as a host of other exciting events.  As part of our partnership with the BFI, we're delighted to be able to offer CVF audiences an exclusive special 2-4-1 offer on the remaining few tickets - grab them before they're gone!

To take advantage of this special offer, simply quote the code ChineseVF when booking online via the BFI website. 

Click here to buy tickets from the BFI website
The CVF 2018 Programme and Guests

This year, CVF welcomes celebrated director Cheung King-wai from Hong Kong. Known for his documentaries The Taste of Youth and KJ: Music and Life and screenwriting credits including Ann Hui’s Night and Fog, Cheung will be presenting the UK Premiere of his fiction feature debut Somewhere Beyond the Mist, a stunning slow-burn crime masterpiece based on a shocking murder case. Starring Stephy Tang, who shreds her pop-princess image with a raw and mature performance, the film has won a series of awards and nominations, including multiple wins at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Cheung will be joined by Mist producer Nicole Chan, one of Hong Kong’s top independent film and documentary producers, who will also take part in a post-screening Q&A. 
Cheung King-wai's Somewhere Beyond the Mist

In CVF’s most varied edition yet, the impressive line-up of cutting edge films also includes the Opening Night Gala screening of Zhou Ziyang’s award-winning debut feature Old Beast, produced by director Wang Xiaoshuai (director of Beijing Bicycle).  The film is a provocative picture of modern China torn by generational differences and a boom and bust economy told through the character of an old man in a desolate town, who spends his time lying, cheating and stealing.  
CVF 2018 Opening Gala - Old Beast

Another highlight is the UK Premiere of the intimate documentary Mrs. Fang, winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno and the latest film from Wang Bing, widely recognised as one of the most important and talented filmmakers and artists working in China.  
Wang Bing's Mrs. Fang

Film screenings are complimented by a number of special events, including the conference Critical Voices; Critical Silences: Chinese and Sinophone Film Theory and Criticism at King’s College London, featuring prominent academics and noted film critic and Asian film expert Tony Rayns.  The Festival also marks CVF’s third year in partnership with Hong Kong Fresh Wave, with emerging filmmakers visiting from Hong Kong for a screening of selected short films followed by a discussion with the filmmakers alongside industry experts as part of the BFI Southbank’s Future Film strand, aimed at aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25.
CVF 2018 Closing Gala - Alifu, the Prince/ss

CVF continues to champion Chinese language LGBTQ cinema through its Cinema Comrade programme by featuring as our Closing Night Gala the UK Premiere of Alifu, the Prince/ss, an entertaining and moving look at the diverse LGBTQ and ethnic faces of Taiwan through the story of Alifu, a young aboriginal man who works at a salon while dreaming of becoming a woman, pressured by his father to take on the mantle of tribal chief.  Arriving at a vital time in LGBTQ rights in Asia and the wider world, the film is a stirring tale of love, equality and acceptance through the unique lens of Taiwan’s aboriginal culture. 

Cinema Comrade this year also welcomes noted Hong Kong queer filmmaker Kit Hung, known for challenging gay representations and stereotypes.  Hung will be presenting a special screening of his award-winning Soundless Wind Chime followed by a discussion about his career and influences.  

Kit Hung - Soundless Wind Chime
Last, but certainly not least, also screening is Zhao Qing’s documentary Please Remember Me, which has it's UK Premiere at King's College London. Selected as the winner of the Chinese Visual Festival 2018 Jury Award, the film 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
Click here to visit the CVF website

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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