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.
After several years of preparations, the time has come: The Little Snowman will be on show during the months of December 2016 and January 2017 at several theatres in the Netherlands. It is an enchanting family show after the picture book of the same title by writer and illustrator Harmen van Straaten, directed by Dick Hauser. It is the result of a unique collaboration between Dutch and Chinese theatre makers, designers and musicians.
This fall, CinemAsia Film Festival goes on tour to the brand new KINO theatre in Rotterdam. On Saturday October 22nd, during KINO’s opening weekend, CinemAsia presents a special selection of contemporary Asian cinema productions. The program includes feature films from Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia. Attention is also being paid to stories about the Dutch-Asian identity by young filmmakers in our Made in Holland section. In addition, the audience can also see the exhibition ‘Queers of Hong Kong’ by Joe Lam (HK) and enjoy delicious Asian food.
“Which way of life should we choose? Do we have to choose? Isn’t it necessary to always keep asking questions?” – Hiperson
Concert in Cinetol at 8th of October!
Hiperson is a five-piece art rock band from Chengdu, China. Unlike previous generations of Chinese musicians, these twenty-somethings reject the shackles of recent history, harkening back to the essential, sensitive, poetic golden age of rock’n’roll. Their temperament of refreshing simplicity has led Hiperson on a path of rapid achievement. Front woman Chen Sijiang’s unique voice, brilliant and gorgeous as it is, does not draw the audience’s full attention away from Hiperson’s compelling bass-lines or the complex, precise rhythmic interplay between drums and guitar.
TEN YEARS is an omnibus film, in which five directors show what life will be like in Hong Kong in ten years. One of the directors, Kwok Zune will join us at the screenings for live Q&As.
It’s been almost 20 years since authority over Hong Kong passed from Britain to China. China promised not to interfere with Hong Kong’s liberal way of life, though eventually that’s exactly what the Chinese authorities did. Made on a shoestring budget, Ten Years comprises five short films by five directors in which they express their fears for the future in five stories all set in a rather dystopian 2025.
Political conspiracies, crime and murder (Zune Kwok’s Extras), the disappearance of the Hong Kong culture and language (Wong Fei-pang’s Season of the End and Jevons Au’s Dialect respectively), the recruitment of children for the secret police (Ng Ka-leung’s Local Egg) and performing the ultimate sacrifice (Chow Kwun-Wai’s Self-Immolator) – all subjects that perfectly reflect Hong Kong’s current zeitgeist. Authorities in Beijing were not amused and have imposed a high penalty on downloading and disseminating the film.
DE BALIE: TUE 23 AUG – 21.00h (with Q&A)
RIALTO: THU 25 AUG – 21.15h (with Q&A) | SAT 27 AUG – 19.00h (with Q&A)