2014 Close-up on China Presented by BYEJOE
|Jim Yu, Dr. Wenghui Zhang (CI’s co-director), Jaie Laplante, Prof. Dafeng Zhong & Prof. Beibei Liu (both from Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, China)|
MIFF's 2014 Close-up on China will showcase a number of the year's most relevant artistic exports focused on the world's biggest growth cinema market.
|From top l to r (clockwise): American Dreams in China, Trap Street, Bends, Web Junkie|
With the clear fascination on this region of the world, MIFF will once again be collaborating with MDC's Confucius Institute to program a special section of the work reflecting one of the world's most fascinating cultures. The films in the 2014 program are:
American Dreams in China (中國合伙人), by Peter Ho-Sun Chan (China) Dubbed "the Chinese The Social Network", this grand tale follows three friends who launch a successful English instruction school for Chinese students, and then face copyright infringement lawsuits and disintegration of interpersonal relationships.
Bends, by Flora Lau (China) A humble chauffeur from Mainland China and his affluent Hong Kong employer are linked together by a tightening economic noose as they each negotiate the unresolvable tension in their two homes. ***Director Flora Lau will be in attendance at the screening and answer questions from the audience.
Trap Street (Shuiyin Jie) by Vivian Qu (China) An unsuspecting young cartographer discovers a dead-end lane that doesn’t register on the city’s digital mapping system, and is accidentally exposed to government surveillance secrets that will change his life forever.
Web Junkie, by Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia (Israel / USA) China is the first country to label Internet addiction a clinical disorder. In a Beijing addiction clinic, teenage boys are “deprogrammed” to redevelop socialization skills.
MIFF is pleased to welcome byejoe, the spirit of China, as presenting sponsor of China’s Close-up in 2014.