ACMI presents: ‘China Up Close’ (Melbourne)

By November 7, 2014 Events

China is the focus for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in its first international ‘Up Close’ program,  presenting:  ‘China Up Close – art, film, society and culture through the lens‘.

Chinese screen culture is exploding in the world’s fastest growing economy today.  New opportunities for international collaboration and market penetration are now emerging, at the same time that Chinese society is undergoing a dramatic transformation and film audiences are growing.

China Up Close seeks to showcase China’s greatest screen artists and examines the powerful changes that are being experienced in Chinese culture and society today. From video art, new films, Chinese classics and an extensive program of talks, the showcase spotlights key movements, makers and themes in Chinese film and culture for a wide audience.

From an expert symposium,  family green screen workshops, or the augmented reality ‘fingernail bar’, to the Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival and ‘Perspectives on China’  screenings (celebrating contemporary Chinese artists and filmmakers Yang Fudong, Jia Zhang and Wong Kar-Wai), China Up Close boasts a major program catering to  filmmakers, youth and families alike.

Central to China Up Close  is a free exhibition profiling Shanghai-based artist Yang Fudong in Yang Fudong: Filmscapes. This premiere exhibition boasts three seminal works: ‘Ye Jiang/The Nightman Cometh’ (2011), ‘The Fifth Night’ (2010) and ‘East of Que Village’ (2007). It will also feature a brand new work co-commissioned by ACMI and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (Auckland Art Gallery), titled ‘New Women II’ (2014).

Lauded for introducing multi-screen Chinese film installations to the West, Fudongs dramatic and highly stylised film installations draws on Asian and Western cinema, and are often described as dreamlike, transitioning between layered stories and settings, spanning multiple screens.

A special FREE event will take place on 14 December, asACMl presents a one-off screening of Fudong’s epic Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest Parts I-V (2003-2007) (duration is 4 hrs 50 mins, with a 30 min interval). This is the first time all five parts of this landmark film work have been presented end-to-end in a cinema.


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Yang Fudong: Filmscapes will exhibit from Thursday 4 December to March 2015.  Entry is FREE.