Writers Unlimited 2014: “Like Me”
Exchange your thoughts and idea’s with more than 80 (inter)national writers, journalists and poets during the annual international literature festival in The Hague. This years theme will focus on a highly discussed subject that keeps society busy on a daily basis: Social Media. From Thursday 16 January until Sunday 19 January 2014 visitors can enjoy interviews, films, music, readings and debates in English and Dutch.
The highlight of the program will be the Chinese writer Geling Yan. The contemporary novelist and screenwriter will be present on Friday 17 January and Saturday 18 January, to exchange her thoughts on social media and to recite parts of her written work.
Geling Yan was born in Shanghai and published her first novel in 1985, after being discharged from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during the Cultural Revolution. After writing many short stories, essays, scripts and novels, several of her works have been adapted to screen (The Flowers of War, Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl). She also added screenwriter to her list, when she wrote the script for the movie Mei Lanfang. A biographical story about China’s greatest opera star.
CinemAsia Film Festival 荷蘭亞洲電影節 will screen MURMUR OF THE HEARTS 念念 by Sylvia Chang at EYE in Amsterdam on February 29th as part of the special focus programme on the Golden Horse Awards 台北金馬影展. Chang, who is also the Chairperson of the Golden Horse, and Wen Tien-Hsiang 聞天祥, the head of the Executive of the Golden Horse Committee, will officiate the opening of this special focus programme followed by the screening of the film.
The Focus program of the CinemAsia Film Festival 2016 sets it’s spotlight on the Golden Horse Awards, the highest and most prestigious film awards in the world of Chinese-language cinema and often regarded as the Oscars for Chinese-language film. The Golden Horse Awards is the only event that brings all Chinese-language films under one umbrella, celebrating cinema.
MURMUR OF THE HEARTS was the opening film of the 2015 Hong Kong Film Festival and was nominated for three Golden Horse Awards. Set on the evocative Taiwanese prison island Lyudao, MURMUR OF THE HEARTS tells the stories of three young adults struggling to find their place in the world. Nan (Lawrence Ko) is a tour guide in Taitung, who hasn’t seen his sister Mei (Isabella Leong) since he was a kid and she was taken to Taipei by their mother. Mei is struggling as a painter, partially out of her desire to see her mother again and because of her rocky relationship with Hsiang (Joseph Chang Hsiao-Chuan). Meanwhile, Hsiang is trying to cope with his boxing career, which has been going downhill since he has been diagnosed with a detached retina. All three struggle with their self-image and self-worth, not realizing that the answer to their suffering lies in obstacles from the past.
Chang will be a guest of CinemAsia Film Festival 2016 to represent the Golden Horse awards and three feature films; she stars in OFFICE 華麗上班族 by Johnnie To, the opening film of the CinemAsia Film Festival, directed MURMUR OF THE HEARTS, and acted in Jia Zhangke’s highly acclaimed MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART 山河故人.
CinemAsia Film Festival Director, Lorna Tee about Sylvia Chang: “Sylvia Chang is one of the rare talents in the Chinese language film world, both in front of the camera as a film star, and behind the camera as director, scriptwriter and producer, to be able to command respect and admiration across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and across all Chinese-language speaking territories. We are truly honoured to welcome her to Amsterdam and to present her outstanding body of work from 2015.”
CinemAsia is a film festival that strives to broaden the horizons of the Dutch audience and film professionals by offering an extensive and relevant overview of contemporary Asian cinema, through the latest and most popular blockbusters and films with a strong artistic vision. Besides culture and entertainment the festival also provides a creative platform for Asian filmmakers with CinemAsia FilmLAB. CinemAsia Film Festival takes place from 1-6 March in Kriterion and Rialto.
Until 1989, the village of Dafen in the city of Shenzhen, China was little more than a hamlet. It now has a population of 10,000, including hundreds of peasants-turned oil painters. In the many studios, and even in the alleyways, Dafen’s painters turn out thousands of replicas of world-famous Western paintings. Nobody thinks anything of an order for 200 Van Goghs. To meet their deadlines, painters sleep on the floor between clotheslines strung with masterpieces. In 2015, the turnover in painting sales was over $65 million. Directors Haibo and Kiki Tianqi Yu followed one of the painters, Xiaoyong Zhao. He and his family have painted around 100,000 Van Goghs. After all these years, Zhao feels a deep affinity with Van Gogh. He traveled to Europe to see the original works at the Van Gogh Museum, and to visit one of his best clients, an Amsterdam art dealer. This debut film is a fascinating, at times picturesque portrait of a village where artists pursue their dreams, but also have them shattered.