Saturday, January 16, 2010

Spring Film Festival at Shang on Feb 2010!

Finally, we got the first film festival for 2010!

The 2010 Spring Film Festival showcases four contemporary Chinese-language films that have English subtitles on February 3-9, 2010 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. Tickets are available at P100.

The event is presented by Ateneo de Manila University- Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, in Partnership with Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-la Plaza. It will also feature a painting exhibit by the renowned painter Dr. Alex Chan-Lim and his students.

Hmm, I'm a bit suspicious of the line-up because I've already seen "Cape No. 7" and thought it was one of the most terrible films I've seen last year. Or maybe I'm just not the target audience for an uncomplicated bubblegum love story. Anyway, for the interested, here is the list of films to be screened:
1. In Love We Trust 左右 (115 mins)
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Meizhu and Xiaolu were once happily married and a lovely daughter, Hehe, is born to them. After their divorce, both remarry, but when Hehe contracts leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant from a sibling, they face the dilemma of their lives. Their loyalty, relationships, love and commitment are all put to the test.

2. Cape No. 7 海角七号 (133 mins)
Directed by Wei Te-Sheng. Multi-awarded at the 2008 Golden Horse Awards, Grand Prize in the 2008 Asian Marine Film Festival.
Aga, a frustrated-rock-star-turned-substitute-postman, tries to form a band for a concert organized by the Japanese talent agent, Tomoko. They soon find themselves linked to an earlier time, when a Japanese schoolteacher fell in love with a Taiwanese girl he had to leave behind. This romantic comedy-musical, the all-time movie blockbuster of Taiwan, is a fresh approach to Taiwan’s history as a Japanese colony.

3. The World 世界 (105 mins)
Directed by Jia Zhangke. Best Foreign Film at the Toronto Film Critics Association (2005). ‘The World’ refers to a theme park that invites visitors to see the world without leaving Beijing. With its replicas of world icons such as the Eiffel Tower and the leaning tower of Pisa, the park and its shows are a glittering attraction, but behind it are lonely workers struggling to communicate and find love. The story follows the pretty dancer Tao and the security guard Taisheng in a film that tries to reflect on the fate of individuals in the face of globalization.

4. Seventeen Years 過年回家 (85mins)
Directed by Zhang Yuan. Won Best Director at the Shanghai Film Critics Award (2000) and the Singapore International Film Festival (2000). In her teenage years, Tao Lan accidentally kills her stepsister and is convicted of murder. After seventeen years, she is granted a new year’s furlough, but her parents do not fetch her from prison. Tao Lan befriends a prison guard who helps her mount a reunion with her family, but after the tragedy and the heartache, is a reunion possible?

Screening schedule per day:
February 3, 2010 (Wednesday)
In Love We Trust 11:35am-1:30pm
Cape No. 7 2:00-4:15
The World 4:45-6:30
Seventeen Years 8:00-9:25 (invitational screening)
February 4, 2010 (Thursday)
Seventeen Years 2:00-3:25
The World 3:55-5:40
Cape No. 7 6:10-8:25
In Love We Trust 8:55-10:50
February 5, 2010 (Friday)
The World 2:00-3:45
In Love We Trust 4:15-6:10
Cape No. 7 6:40-8:55
Seventeen Years 9:25-10:50
February 6, 2010 (Saturday)
Seventeen Years 2:00-3:25
The World 3:55-5:40
In Love We Trust 6:10-8:05
Cape No. 7 8:35-10:50

February 7, 2010 (Sunday)
Seventeen Years 2:00-3:25
Cape No. 7 3:55-6:10
The World 6:40-8:25
In Love We Trust 8:55-10:50

February 8, 2010 (Monday)
The World 2:00-3:45
Seventeen Years 4:15-5:40
In Love We Trust 6:10-8:05
Cape No. 7 8:35-10:50

February 9, 2010 (Tuesday)
Cape No. 7 2:00-4:15
In Love We Trust 4:45-6:40
Seventeen Years 7:10-8:35
The World 9:05-10:50

The Chinese Painting Exhibit on the other hand will be displayed on February 3-11 at the Grand Atrium, 2F Shangri-La Mall. Paintings are by the Chan Lim Family & Ateneo Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students. Got this from

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