I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)
Feng Xiaogang teams up for the third time with screenwriter Liu Zhenyun, adapting his own novel, in this sublimely droll telling of a village woman who doggedly pursues a grudge arising from a “fake divorce” from the provincial courts all the way to Beijing and the highest corridors of power. Belittled at every turn, stubborn Li Xuelian, played by “duly de-glammed” (Variety) superstar Fan Bingbing, yet manages to flummox all the male government suits who cross her path in her decade-long, determined pursuit of justice. Intriguingly irised in round and square-shaped mats, I Am Not Madame Bovary nabbed the prestigious FIPRESCI prize and the top Golden Shell award respectively at the Toronto and San Sebastián film festivals, while Fan won Best Actress at San Sebastián for her portrayal of an ordinary woman of incomparable chutzpah.
A Tribute to Feng Xiaogang
This screening is part of program honoring the artistic achievements of China’s leading popular filmmaker. The Tribute features a selection of Feng's acclaimed works--Cell Phone (2003) and Assembly (2007) on Oct. 24, Aftershock (2010) on Oct. 25, and I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) on Oct. 30--culminating with the U.S. Premiere of Youth (2017) on Nov. 3, with a Q&A with the director.
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Location: James Bridges Theater, 1409 Melnitz Hall, 235 Charles E. Young Dr. North on the UCLA campus.
Tickets: Free with prior reservation. Click here to reserve your tickets. Patrons without reserved tickets will be admitted on a space-available only, first come-first served basis.
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James Bridges Theater, 1409 Melnitz Hall, 235 Charles E. Young Dr