The River of Life

生命的河流 (Shengming de heliu)
China 2014. Dir: Yang Pingdao. 101 min.


6:00pm - Doors
7:00pm - The River of Life / Introduced by Shelly Kraicer

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Yang Pingdao is one of China’s most exciting emerging filmmakers. His astonishingly creative camera eye brings unexpected beauty to his new feature-length film. Using an innovative structure, based on the distinctive texture of family memory through space and time, Yang invents something poised delicately between fiction and documentary to capture crystallized moments in his family history, to recreate in cinematic form its emotional weight and variety, woven around the life and death of his grandmother, and the birth of his child. In order to combine extended family chronicle, implicit national history, and intimate soul-bearing autobiography, Yang employs gentle formal experimentation to invent new cinematic pathways. In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, director Yang Pingdao will unfortunately no longer be in attendance.

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A long-time Beijing resident, Shelly Kraicer is a writer, critic, and film curator, who recently returned to his native Toronto. Educated at Yale University, he has written film criticism in Cinema Scope, Positions, Cineaste, Village Voice, and Screen International. Since 2007, he has been a programmer of East Asian films for the Vancouver International Film Festival, and has consulted for the Venice, Udine, Dubai, and Rotterdam International Film Festivals.