Kaleidoscope of Canadian-Chinese Films @ International House at the University of Chicago, Chicago [7 April]

Kaleidoscope of Canadian-Chinese Films

13:00 - 20:00

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International House at the University of Chicago
1414 E 59th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Kaleidoscope of Canadian-Chinese Films
Featuring the appearance of filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming

Three stunning portraits--the first Chinese-born American magician; an obscure Chinese heavyweight boxer; and a rural China taxi driver turned good Samaritan--will be featured in “Kaleidoscope of Canadian-Chinese Films”. The Consulate General is proud to collaborate with Asian Pop-Up Cinema and the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago to highlight current Canadian filmmakers with strong content about China.

1:00 PM Welcome & Opening Remarks

1:15 PM The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam | 2003 | Documentary | 90 Minutes
Written/Directed by Ann Marie Fleming, great-granddaughter of Long Tack Sam
Film source: National Film Board of Canada
Long Tack Sam was an internationally renowned Chinese acrobat and magician. He overcame isolation, poverty, cultural and linguistic barriers, extreme racism, and world wars to become one of the most successful vaudeville acts of his time. His showmanship was unrivaled, yet he refused to appear in movies because of the portrayal of Chinese at the time. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam is a celebration of Long Tack Sam’s spirit as told in this richly textured, first-person road movie--an exhilarating testament to his legacy and a prismatic tour through the 20th century.

3:00 PM China Heavyweight | 2012 | Documentary | 89 Minutes
Chinese/Sichuanese with English subtitles
Written/Directed by Yung Chang
Film source: Zeitgeist Films
Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) returns to China for another riveting documentary on the country’s ever-changing economic landscape—this time through the lens of sports. In China Heavyweight, Chang follows the charismatic Qi Mo-xiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across Sichuan province. A few handpicked boys (and girls) are sent to national training centers with the hope of discovering China’s next Olympic heroes. Their rigorous training, teenage trials and family tribulations are expertly intertwined with Coach Qi’s own desire to get back in the ring for one more shot at victory. Cinematically rich and intimately observed, China Heavyweight is all at once a thrilling sports drama, astute social commentary and a beautifully-crafted portrait of an athlete.

4:30 PM Tea & Refreshments

5:00 PM Special Guest Speaker, Shelly Kraicer is a writer, critic and film curator based in Toronto. Educated at Yale University, he has written film criticism in Cinema Scope, Positions, Cineaste Films, The Village Voice, and Screen International. Since 2007, Kraicer is a programmer at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and a consultant for the Venice, Udine, Dubai, and Rotterdam International Film Festivals. His talk will include exclusive interview footage with the directors featured.

6:00 PM Old Stone | 2016 | Feature | 80 Minutes
Mandarin with English subtitles
Written/Directed by Johnny Ma
Film source: Zietgeist Films
In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Appearing as a gritty social-realist drama before U-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of Lao Shi whose drunken passenger causes him to swerve and hit a motorcyclist. Shi has no choice, but to drive the victim to the hospital where he finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. His selfless act exposes a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.
Old Stone premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; won the Canadian Academy Award Best First Feature; opened at the IFC Center in New York, November 2016.

Event ends at 8 PM.

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