2016 Onscreen China Biennial

Movie poster for I Am Not Madame Bovary.

China Onscreen Biennial

From November 15 to November 17, 2016, the George Washington University Confucius Institute and the Freer & Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian's Museum of Asian Art, presented six contemporary Chinese films at the E Street Landmark Cinema in DC. This event followed the premier of these films on the US west coast, which was sponsored by the UCLA Confucius Institute. The audiences from Washington DC were very grateful for the GW Confucius Institute's and the Freer & Sackler Galleries' efforts in presenting these most recent and intriguing films on China.

  • November 15:  Tharlo & Ta’ang
  • November 16:  Crosscurrent & The Road
  • November 17:  I’m not Madam Bouvary & A Simple Goodbye

During the three-day event, a reception was held on night of the premier of Crosscurrent. The sponsors and audience welcomed special guest Chao YANG, director of Crosscurrent. The audience had an opportunity to interact with Dr. Yang after the film screening. The six films have attracted near 500 guests, who were intrigued by the cultural, social, and economic issues presented in these films. The film I’m not Madam Bouvary, directed by the famous Chinese movie director Feng Xiaogang, had its premier for the DC region at the China Onscreen Biennial. This is a signature initiative undertaken by the GW Confucius Institute in order to present China to the world through literature and film.


银幕上的中国
——GW孔子学院成功举办第二届中国电影双年展活动

2016年11月15日至17日,乔治·华盛顿大学孔子学院与美国史密森国立博物馆Freer Sackler艺术馆、UCLA大学孔子学院以及华盛顿特区E街地标电影院联合举办了为期三天的“第二届中国电影双年展”。在展映活动中,共计6部精心挑选的中国电影面向当地观众进行了公益展映。

在11月16日的电影《长江图》播放前,安排了超过100人的导演见面会活动。影片导演杨超到场与现场观众互动,放映式达到高潮,来宾观众积极与导演交流探讨,并对播映的影片充满了期待。

在展映的过程中,观众们对电影的选择与电影本身都表达了极大的肯定。在每一场电影结束之际,都有热烈的掌声对电影及其团队致敬,并且在影片放映结束后观众们都驻足停留,对影片内容与题材交换看法与感受。11月15日,电影《Talor》吸引了超过50名西藏文化爱好者前来观看富有最真实西藏本地风土人情及文化风貌的影片。随后的获奖纪录片《德昂》,尽管播放持续到午夜0点,依旧吸引了很多观众并在影片结束时鼓掌致敬。观众对纪录片组成员的勇气及影片所展现的不为人知的部落生活原貌表达了极大的兴趣与尊敬。在11月17日的电影《我不是潘金莲》播放时,超过120名观众慕名而来,几乎填满了整个放映厅。影片结束后,多数观众一直停留到片尾字幕完结,并就影片里中国文化元素及其表现的社会经济生活原貌表示了浓厚的兴趣。随后的电影《告别》讲述了一个有着青春期女儿和患肺癌晚期的父亲的家庭,在送走父亲的最后几个月时间里家人朋友们的各种生活细节。大批观众在播放结束之际交流了他们对中国家庭观念与青年导演的叙事手法的感受与看法。

为期三天的展映活动吸引了超过400名观众慕名而来。优质的影片选择与组织安排不仅进一步稳固了活动口碑,更对赞助方 乔治·华盛顿大学孔子学院的品牌效应起到了极大的提升作用。特别值得一提的是,GW孔院的学生大使舒民可同学用他非常流利的汉语吸引了众多到场的美国来宾的注意,大家积极踊跃的咨询着孔子学院所提供的课程与培训服务并表现出了极大的学习热情与兴趣。

乔治·华盛顿大学孔子学院自2014年起推出“中国电影双年展”系列活动,向美国观众推介当代中国优秀电影,以此为桥梁介绍中国文化。本届“中国电影双年展”在首届基础上进一步扩大了选片范围,观众规模也有大幅上升。

 

Tuesday, November 15

7:00 PM: Tharlo

(Pema Tseden, 2015, DCP, B&W, Mandarin with English subtitles, 123 mins.)

 

9:30 PM: Ta'ang

(Wang Bing, 2016, DCP, color, in Ta'ang and Mandarin with English subtitles, 147 mins.)

 

 

Wednesday, November 16

7:00 PM: Crosscurrent 

Director, Yang Chao, will be in attendance.

(Yang Chao, 2016, DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 116 mins.)

 

10:00 PM: The Road

(Zhang Zanbo, 2015, DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 95 mins.)

 

 

Thursday, November 17

7:00 PM: I Am Not Madame Bovary

(Feng Xiaogang, 2016, DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 137 mins.)

 

9:30 PM: A Simple Goodbye

(Degena Yun, 2015, DCP, color, in Mandarin and Mongolian with English subtitles, 96 mins.)