The UCLA Confucius Institute is proud to announce the 2016 China Onscreen Biennial (COB), set to begin its third iteration on October 14th at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater.
This year’s COB selection, curated by a team of film scholars and curators from COB presenting organizations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and New York City, reveals a China of remarkable plurality. Stories are as powerfully voiced from the Tibetan highlands, refugee camps or uninhabited “ghost towns” as from the coastal big cities, and one will as likely find Beijing filtered through Hohhot memories as Inner Mongolia, or the strait of water between colonial Hong Kong and Guangdong as historical noir lens.
Complementing the main selection of new features and shorts is Dunhuang Projected, a COB sidebar program that takes its name from the Gobi Desert oasis town in northwestern China that was, for 1,000 years from 400-1400 CE, an important nexus of the Silk Road and the gateway for Buddhism from India into China. The town’s mile-long complex of caves holds the largest extant collection of Buddhist mural art and sculptures in the world, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dunhuang Projected asks what reverberations medieval Dunhuang may hold for our global present, and how it may do so filmically, correlating what was spiritual illumination in the dark – the cave art of Dunhuang – with what is literal illumination in the dark – the art of cinema.
An initiative of the UCLA Confucius Institute, the COB was inaugurated in 2012 and promotes US-China cultural dialogue through the art of the moving image.
For a complete schedule of the 2016 COB in Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC, please visit: chinaonscreen.org.
The Presenting Partners of the 2016 COB include:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
AFI FEST presented by Audi
Pomona College – Pacific Basin Institute
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre)
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Freer-Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute
The National Gallery of Art
Past COB Programs