BEIJING FLICKERS 2012
Director/Producer: Zhang Yuan. Screenwriter: Zhang Yuan, Kong Ergou, Li Xinyun, Yang Yishu. Cinematographer: Zhang Yuan, Cai Tao. Production Designer: An Bin. Editor: Wu Yixiang. Sound: Zhao Bo. Composer: Liu Yijun. Cast: Duan Bowen, Lv Yulai, Shi Shi, Li Xinyun, Han Wenwen.
BEIJING FLICKERS’ screenplay is inspired by interviews Sixth Generation auteur Zhang Yuan conducted with hundreds of 20-somethings when he was working on his photography exhibition, Unspoiled Brats. (Now renamed to share the same title as the film, the photography show goes on COB display from October 20-28 at a pop-up gallery in Chinatown.)
Dumped by his girlfriend for a rich man, San Bao descends into a self-destructive spiral and meets a few other kindred souls: a drag queen addicted to cosmetic surgery and poetry; a female singer kicked out by the musicians in her band; a girl jilted by her boss/lover. Zhang (BEIJING BASTARDS) captures the vulnerability, but also the energy and romanticism of the new “lost generation” bypassed by China’s entry into the globalized market economy. – Bérénice Reynaud
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 96 min.
Co-presented with the Global Film Initiative and a part of the Global Lens 2013 film series
In person: Zhang Yuan, Li Xinyun
West Coast Premiere
SOME ACTIONS WHICH HAVEN’T BEEN DEFINED YET IN THE REVOLUTION 2011
Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Sun Xun. Editor: Xu Chong, Sun Xun, Tang Bohua. Composer: Jin Shan.
Animated using woodblock prints, SOME ACTIONS uses pulsating, hallucinatory imagery to evoke a Kafkaesque atmosphere of grotesquery, anxiety and vague ideological constrictions. “I only ask questions,” says animator Sun Xun. “It’s up to the viewer to think about what he has seen. And to come up with his own answers.” – Tom Vick
HDCAM, color, 13 min.
Tickets: $10 general admission. $8 for REDCAT members and non-CalArts students. $5 for CalArts students, faculty and staff. Online tickets available at www.redcat.org; click on the individual program.
Parking: Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage; enter from 2nd Street and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. $9 after 4:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays / $5 after 8:00 pm. $9 flat rate on weekends.
Information: www.redcat.org, 213.237.2800
Film at REDCAT (Jack H. Skirball Series)
REDCAT Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex
631 West 2nd Street (at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012