New Voices from China

Over four extraordinary hours, Hu Bo paints a compelling portrait of contemporary China in this FIPRESCI Prize-winning debut that shows the remarkable promise of a young director who took his own life before completing what’s also his final feature. ... Bo’s fate flavours every moment of An Elephant Sitting Still with the stark reality of simply struggling to get by – and, combined with the film’s... Read more
After producing Golden Bear-winner Black Coal, Thin Ice (MIFF 2014) and helming acclaimed thriller Trap Street (MIFF 2014), Vivian Qu continues to interrogate crime, corruption and control in modern-day China in her arresting sophomore effort. ... Winning Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Festival, Angels Wear White might be shot in luminous shades thanks to its scenic seaside setting, but it... Read more
In her first feature, emerging Chinese talent Yang Mingming writes, directs, edits and serves up a powerhouse performance in this involving account of a mother and daughter’s lives in a Beijing hutong. ... Drawing upon her own time growing up in the city’s cramped neighbourhoods, Yang spins an intimate yet universal story about 20-something screenwriter Wu, her struggling single mum (Nai An, MIFF ... Read more
A triple award winner at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival, Old Beast is an engaging, gritty and gorgeously shot family drama about an out-of-control patriarch in a Chinese ghost town. ... Gambling, flaunting his mistress around town, cheating his only friend: Lao Yang (Tu Men) might be in his 60s, but he shows no signs of acting his age. Instead, the shady businessman thunders around the indust... Read more
Winner of the top prize at this year’s Rotterdam film festival, Chinese director Cai Chengjie’s striking debut is a feminist fable of escapist revenge about a wronged woman who rebrands herself as a shaman. ... Cai Chengjie’s acclaimed debut, which scooped the Tiger Award at Rotterdam, centres on Erhao, a thrice-widowed woman in rural China who finds herself at the mercy of an unforgiving society ... Read more
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