Chinese Visual Festival 2016 中国视像艺术节 - China Culture Connect

For Immediate Release: 2016 Chinese Visual Festival Official Announcement

  • 11th – 20th May at King’s College London, BFI Southbank and Bertha DocHouse
  •  Over 30 films from around the Chinese language speaking world, including World, European and UK premieres from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • Guests Cao Fei, Yang Lina, Huang Shang-ho, Ado Kaliting Pacidal, Jin Huaqing, Gongqiu Zhuoma, Nora Lam Tze Wing, Gina Marchetti and Hong Kong Fresh Wave filmmakers
  • Vision Taiwan strand featuring the best in award-winning Taiwanese cinema
  • Special sessions focusing on LGBTQ cinema and Hong Kong

The 6th Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) will be held in London from May 11th – 20th at King’s College London, BFI Southbank and the Bertha DocHouse screen at Curzon Bloomsbury. This year’s festival builds on the success of previous editions, again bringing the very best in the cinema and art of the Chinese speaking world to the UK.

CVF this year welcomes Cao Fei, one of the most significant and innovative young artists to emerge on the international scene from China. Cao Fei’s multimedia projects explore the lost dreams of the young Chinese generation and their strategies for escaping reality, mixing social commentary, popular aesthetics, and surrealism. Having exhibited and screened to great acclaim at the Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum and the Sydney, Moscow, Shanghai, Istanbul and Venice Biennales, Cao Fei will be presenting her latest work La Town and taking part in sessions at the BFI Southbank.

The festival has scored another major coup in bringing the remarkable independent filmmaker Yang Lina to London. A trained dancer and stage performer who starred in Jia Zhangke’s Platform, Yang Lina’s works have won a long list of international awards, earning her recognition as an important female voice in China’s male-dominated film industry. As well as screening Longing for the Rain, Home Video and The Love Life of Lao An and taking part in Q&As, Yang Lina will be embarking on a UK tour.

For the fourth year, CVF is proud to be working with the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK on our popular Vision Taiwan strand. Vision Taiwan this year sees actor Huang Shang-ho coming to London to present the international award-winning Thanatos, Drunk, as well as his earlier work Tomorrow Comes Today. Aboriginal Taiwanese actress, singer and TV presenter Ado Kaliting Pacidal will attend, hosting a screening of her big screen debut, the moving Panay (Wawa no Cidal), and the strand also includes the UK premiere of Tom Lin’s much-praised Zinnia Flower.

Other guests this year include Jin Huaqing, presenting his latest work The Tibetan Girl with performer Gongqiu Zhuoma, as well as taking part in a Q&A session about his career; and a collection of young filmmakers from Hong Kong’s Fresh Wave, an important training ground for future directors, screening a selection of shorts from the 2015 competition. CVF this year will also be giving audiences the chance to catch a number of other impressive films, including Pema Tseden’s Tharlo and Li Luo’s award-winning Li Wen at East Lake, well as a carefully curated series of independent fiction and documentary films as part of our Contemporary Visions, Ethnic Perspectives and Cinema Comrade LGBTQ strands.

2016 promises to be the biggest and most exciting year yet for Chinese Visual Festival, underlining the festival’s growing reputation as a key event in London’s cultural calendar.

Festival Director James Mudge commented “It’s great to be back for our sixth year, and I really think 2016 is our strongest edition yet. As well as all the fantastic premieres and award-winning films we’re giving our audience the rare chance to catch on the big screen, I’m particularly pleased to see a female-focus in our two Chinese guests Cao Fei and Yang Lina. We’re very privileged to be again working with the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK on Vision Taiwan, and it’s been great to see the series getting more and more popular each year – Thanatos, Drunk is a real personal favourite, and being able to bring Huang Shang-ho and Ado Kaliting Pacidal to London shows just how the festival has grown. With audiences becoming increasingly curious about the cultures and stories of the Chinese speaking world, our films this year deal with some challenging and intriguing topics, and we’re offering plenty that educates as well as entertains”

Note to Editors:
Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) has been bringing the best in contemporary Chinese language film and art since 2011, having worked in the past with a long list of distinguished artists and directors including Jia Zhangke, Pema Tseden, Wu Wuna, Zhou Hao, Cao Fei and others. The festival has been hosted by Kings College London, one of the world's leading research and teaching universities based in the heart of London, for several years now, with other events being regularly held at the BFI Southbank, the leading repertory cinema in the UK, specialising in seasons of classic, independent and non-English language films, operated by the BFI (British Film Institute), and at the Bertha DocHouse, the UK's first cinema dedicated solely to documentary films and events.
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Venues at King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Lucas: Arthur & Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre (S-2.18)
Safra: Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Level 0

Other Venues
BFI: NFT3, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London SE1 8XT
DocHouse: The Bertha DocHouse Screen, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, London WC1N 1AW




  •  5月11日-20日在倫敦大學國王學院、英國電影機構南岸中心和貝莎紀錄片之家舉辦
  •  超過三十部來自各地華語影片的全球、歐洲和英國首映
  • 到訪嘉賓有曹斐、楊荔納、黃尚禾、阿洛·卡力亭·巴奇辣 、金華青、貢秋卓瑪、林子穎、Gina Marchetti 及香港鮮浪潮新晉導演
  • “台灣視野”將推出多部最新獲獎台灣作品
  • 特別推出 “同志三分親”華語同志電影和香港鮮浪潮單元


今年我們很榮幸邀請到蜚聲國際的中國最重要當代藝術家之一曹斐作為特邀藝術嘉賓。曹斐擅長以多媒體創作探討中國年青一代的失落理想,以及他們對抗和逃避現實的方式。她的影像和裝置融合了社會評論、流行美學、超現實主義和紀錄片等手法,從中折射出當今中國社會急速嘈雜的變化。曹斐的作品曾在泰特美術館、古根漢美術館、紐約當代美術館等眾多著名美術機構展出,也頻頻入選威尼斯雙年展、莫斯科雙年展和上海雙年展等重大國際藝術峰會。今年在華語視像藝術節,她將帶來最新作品《La Town》並將參加英國電影機構 “必要的實驗”系列活動。



藝術節總監詹姆士先生說:“藝術節能連續舉辦六年非常振奮人心,我為今年能推出我們有史以來的最強影片嘉賓陣容感到自豪。除了將英國觀眾罕見的華語影像搬上大屏幕外,我很欣慰今年藝術節對女性視角的關注,並邀請到曹斐和楊荔納,兩位代表華語女性作品的重要人物 。我們也榮幸能第四年和駐英國代表處文化組推出“台灣視野”——這個由我們創建的單元受到越來越多觀眾的認可。今年《醉·生夢死》一片是我個人最喜歡的作品之一。黃尚禾和阿洛·卡力亭·巴奇辣兩位演員的加盟更令我們倍感鼓舞。今年的展映作品將帶給觀眾來自華語世界的熱議題材和深度挖掘之作,相信觀眾在觀賞之余會對當下華語世界有更深刻的了解。”


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La Town ©Vitamin Creative Space & Cao Fei

La Town ©Vitamin Creative Space & Cao Fei

La Town (2014) ©照片由曹斐和維他命藝術空間提供

Cao Fei

Cao Fei

Jin Huaqing

Jin Huaqing

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Blue Flags Waving(2006)© Hu Xiangqian

藍旗飄飄(2006)© 照片由胡向前提供

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Nine Day , Eight Months and Twenty Nine Years (2009)©Qin Jin Studio

                                        二十九年八個月零九天(2009)© 照片由秦晉工作室提供

Yang Lina

Yang Lina

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