Two of Chinese cinema’s preeminent masters of the screen will soon receive a deserved special film season at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as part of its ongoing China Up Close program.
Epic Intimacy: The Cinema of Zhang Yimou & Gong Li celebrates and honours the legacy of award winning director Zhang Yimou and his cinematic muse Gong Li and will be screening from March 6 – 15, 2015.
Zhang’s artistically ravishing vision has long been admired for the past three decades and as a result has seen the director produce some of China’s most important films. The Chinese filmmaker has continued to create compelling content for the screen and his ongoing filmmaking partnership with actress Gong Li solidifies their excellence as a filmmaking duo.
Their new film together, Coming Home, will be screening as part of the special film season and so far has only been shown throughout festivals in Australia. Set during China’s Cultural Revolution, Coming Home, follows the lives of an aspiring ballet dancer (Zhang Huiwen), her school teacher mother (Gong Li) who learn that the family patriarch (Chen Daoming) has escaped the government re-education camp. Sony Pictures is expected to release the film theatrically in April.
Other films in the director/actor duo’s collaboration that admirers can expect to see include:
Epic Intimacy: The Cinema of Zhang Yimou & Gong Li will screen at ACMI from March 6 – 15. For more information including session times, ticketing and film information, visit the season’s official page over at ACMI’s website.