East Coast Premiere
DOUBLE XPOSURE 2012
Director: Li Yu. Producer: Fang Li. Screenwriter: Li Yu, Fang Li. Cinematographer: Florian J.E. Zinke. Production Designer: Liu Weixin. Editor: Li Yu, Yuan Ze. Sound: Du Duu-chih. Composer: Howie B. Cast: Fan Bingbing, Feng Shaofeng, Huo Siyan, Joan Chen, Yao Anlian.
Since debuting with her first feature FISH AND ELEPHANT in 2001, director Li Yu has gone from rough-and-ready documentary realism with non-professional actors to working with some of the biggest Chinese stars. This stylish and briskly paced psychological thriller, her fifth and visually most ambitious feature yet, plumbs thriller staples of dualities and doubling in dizzying permutations – past indistinguishable from present, reality entangled with illusion, guilt and terror shadowing feelings of love – to a clincher of an ending. Joan Chen in a supporting role impresses, as does Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing, playing a young urbanite whose façade of certainties and comforts – boyfriend, apartment and car – violently splinters in a moment of jealousy. – Cheng-Sim Lim
35mm, color, Mandarin with English subtitles, 105 min.
SHANGHAI STRANGERS 2012
Director/Screenwriter: Joan Chen. Producer: Alexi Tan. Cinematographer: Florian J.E. Zinke. Production Designer: Pan Lei. Editor: Mary Stephen, Ruby Yang. Sound: Zhao Ying, Yin Jie. Composer: Daniel Belardinelli. Cast: Jiang Yiyan, Teo Yoo, Wang Yong, Arran Hawkins, Zhang Haoxing.
Christmas eve. A woman meets a foreigner. Memories spark of a romance born of another brief encounter – between a recent Shanghai riven by SARS and the city’s forgotten Jewish past. With this internet “micro-movie,” Joan Chen returns to directing for the first time in 12 years, weaving a delicate tale of love, loss and remembrance in her beloved hometown of Shanghai. – Cheng-Sim Lim
HDCAM, color, Mandarin and English with English subtitles, 24 min.
Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution
Freer Gallery of Art
Independence Avenue and 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20560
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