Mahjong: New Independent Chinese Cinema

11/6/08 to 11/22/08

The newest generation of Chinese filmmakers has come of age in a world drastically different from that of their predecessors, and they address China's present-day problems and failures, from unemployment to concerns of loneliness and family.

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Past Films

  • Grain in Ear

    • Saturday, November 22 8:15 PM

    This deadpan “melodrama with a social conscience” (Tony Rayns), a prizewinner at Cannes, portrays a Chinese-Korean woman, her brief loves, her little son, and her prostitute neighbors.

  • Bliss

    • Saturday, November 22 6:30 PM

    See November 16.

  • The Other Half

    • Thursday, November 20 7:00 PM

    One woman's personal dilemmas form the basis of this razor-sharp, frequently hilarious dissection of China's rising misfortunes, especially as suffered by its “other half,” women.

  • Bliss

    • Sunday, November 16 5:15 PM

    The misty city of Chongqing provides the atmospheric setting for this family drama.

  • The Red Detachment of Women

    • Saturday, November 15 8:40 PM

    The 1970 ballet version: “This showpiece of the Cultural Revolution now functions as a virtual documentary of an ideological moment.”-Time Out

  • Fuck Cinema

    • Wednesday, November 12 7:00 PM

    The founding figure of independent Chinese documentary, Wu Wenguang, returns with this look at the burgeoning Chinese film industry. The title says it all.

  • Oxhide

    • Saturday, November 8 6:30 PM

    See November 6.

  • Uniform

    • Saturday, November 8 8:40 PM

    A listless young tailor “borrows” a police uniform and finds his life looking up. A canny blend of urban realism and Gogolian satire.

  • Little Moth

    • Thursday, November 6 6:30 PM

    A couple buys a paralyzed girl to beg for them in this bracing critique of contemporary China.

  • Oxhide

    • Thursday, November 6 8:30 PM

    Two parents, one daughter, one cramped apartment, one video camera, and 23 takes. “The most innovative Chinese film since Xiao Wu.”-London Film Festival. Repeated on November 8.