a couple informative pieces posted at one of my gigs:
Lu Chen has a great essay on Ghost Town, the only Chinese film selected for the main lineup of this year's New York Festival. She gets into the NYFF's history with Chinese films and the significance of Ghost Town's selection to the prestigious fest. Full disclosure: dGenerate Films will be working with Zhao Dayong and the Ghost Town team on their US distribution and festival run. If you’re interested in screening Ghost Town at your festival or venue, please contact us.
In addition to Ghost Town, it's worth pointing out that the NYFF will also screen 20 classic Chinese movies dating from 1949-1965, a crucial period of Chinese cinema that covers the first 17 years of the People's Republic of China. I'm already busy at work on a video piece tied into this screening series (which could mean fewer updates on this blog for the next couple weeks, but let's hope not).
I've also posted another CinemaTalk podcast, this time with Michael Berry, Associate Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of the BFI Film Classics monograph Jia Zhang-ke’s Hometown Trilogy, which offers extended analysis of the films Xiao Wu, Platform, and Unknown Pleasures.
Professor Berry shares his insights on Jia Zhangke, specifically his career development since the “Hometown Trilogy” and his recent controversy at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Be sure to read Jia’s statement of withdrawal from the Melbourne Film Festival as a point of reference.