China Art X Film Series

China Art X Film Series

October 20 - November 18, 2018, 2 - 9:30 p.m.

Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021

Free Admission; Registration Recommended

CCF2018 Film Program is composed of two sections — “Chinese Art Film Festival” (BAI Xue, HUANG Ji, LI Xiaofeng, LIU Jian, Pema Tsedan, YANG Mingming, YANG Lina) and “Retrospective of WANG Bing.” The collaborating institutions are the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Harvard Film Archive, UCLA Film and Television Archives, Wellesley College, Museum of the Moving Image, Anthology Archive Films, Asia Society, Metrograph, Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler galleries, China Onscreen Biennial, California Institute of the Arts, REDCAT, San Diego Asian Film Festival, UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema, and Brattle Theatre.
In collaboration with Asia Society, CCF 2018 will present a series of recent films from China's so-called sixth and seventh generations of filmmakers, including Li XiaofengLiu JianWang Bing, and Yang Mingming. This lineup of young directors with different styles and unique characteristics represent a new generation of Chinese filmmakers’ independent work and thinking.

Film program info: https://asiasociety.org/new-york/events/china-art-x-film-series


Directed by Li Xiaofeng

2017. 114 min. Digital. Color.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:00 pm

Followed by Q & A with the director


A decade ago, a medical student and a steelworker became friends when they chanced upon the same copy of Leo Tolstoy's Resurrection. Off the page, passion and hatred mingle, two murders are committed, and the friends part ways…

About the Director

Li Xiaofeng

Li studied filmmaking as Sint-Lukas Brussel. He is a renowned film critic and writer, penning the script for and starring in Zhang Yuan’s Dada’s Dance (2009, Sundance). Li’s directorial debut, Nezha (2014), premiered in the New Current Competition at Busan Film Festival and was nominated for Best New Director and Best Adapted Screenplay in the Taipei Golden Horse Awards.

Have a Nice Day

Directed by Liu Jian

2017. 77 min. Digital. Color.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5:00 pm

Followed by Q & A With the director


The story takes place in a small southern city. When construction worker Zhang steals a large sum of money from his boss in an effort to save his relationship with his girlfriend, he sets off an unforeseeable series of events. After a string of comical but tragic encounters, the story comes to an unexpected conclusion…

About the Director

Liu Jian

Liu graduated from the Nanjing University of the Arts. In 2007, he established the Le-joy Animation Studio. His first feature-length animation work, Piercing I (2010), received numerous prestigious awards at film festivals across Asia and Europe, including the I Castelli Animati festival Fabrizio Bellocchio award and the Annecy International Animation Film festival competition. In 2017, his second feature-length animation work, Have A Nice Day (2017) premiered in Berlin International Film Festival competition. It received high reputation from film festivals and critics.

Girls Always Happy

Directed by Yang Mingming

2018. 117 min. Digital. Color.

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4:00 pm

Followed by Q & A with director

Co-presented with China Onscreen Biennial


The Best Director Award, the 20th Seoul International Women's Film Festival


After breaking up with her boyfriend, Wu rents a house in a Beijing hutong. She is excited about living alone until her mother moves in with her. A bizarre war sets off between them, disrupting every aspect of their lives. The two women, feeling extremely insecure, launch salvos against one another. Each begins a romance, but their struggle to peacefully coexist is not without challenges.

About the Director

Yang Mingming

In 2012, Yang directed, shot, and starred in her short debut Female Directors, showcasing her use of subversive creative concepts and her skilled use of filmography. The film seamlessly bound hyper-real performance with a fictional plot. In 2017, Girls Always Happy was the first artistic feature written, directed, and performed by Yang. It premiered at Panorama of 68th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for best first feature. In the same year, Girls Always Happy won the Firebird Award and FIPRESCI Award at Hong Kong International Film Festival and Best Director at Seoul International Women’s Film Festival.

Beauty Lives in Freedom

Directed by Wang Bing
2018. 300 min. Digital. Color.
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 4:30 pm
With introduction by director

Registration Opening Soon

Famed documentary filmmaker Wang Bing presents his latest work, Beauty Lives in Freedom, following a week-long tour of his works in the United States. The film chronicles the Chinese artist, philosopher, and activist Gao Ertai’s lifelong pursuit of freedom. Gao was sent to a labor camp for re-education in the 1950s while a teacher in the western province of Gansu, and later became a political detainee in Sichuan following the June Fourth Tiananmen Incident. He successfully escaped to Hong Kong with his wife Pu Xiaoyu in 1992. The 80-year-old Gao and his wife currently live in Las Vegas.

About the Director

Wang Bing

Born in 1967 in Xi’an, Wang is one of the foremost contemporary documentary filmmakers working today. His films are about important moments in Chinese history, focusing special attention on the stories small and great of those who personally suffer from the tragic consequences of specific historical events. In addition to documentaries, Wang has also made fiction films, video installation, and photographs.

Wang garnered awards and international praise at several leading international film festivals, including the Venice International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Locarno International Film Festival. In 2006, Wang Bing was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In 2014, he served as Jury President of the Madrid International Film Festival. In 2016, he was a jury member of the Locarno Film Festival’s competition, and he won the Golden Leopard there in 2017. In the same year, Wang’s works were acquired by and exhibited at important cultural institutions including documenta 14, Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA in New York and M+ in Hong Kong.