Belfast Film Festival and QFT present a short season of Chinese films, selected and curated by Peize Li, a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. The season explores the theme of minority groups in China and the diversity of Chinese cinema. This season is part of the Belfast Film Festival Young Programmers project, supported by Film Hub NI.
The Horse Thief
While Tian Zhuangzhuang may not have garnered the fame and commercial success of such fellow Fifth Generation filmmakers as Chen Kaige or Zhang Yimou, his singular cinematic voice profoundly shaped the movement as a whole.
Farewell My Concubine, the only Chinese language film to ever win the Cannes Palme d’Or, is one of the central works of the Fifth Generation movement, a movement which finally brought Chinese film directors to world attention.
This ambitious animated feature is adapted from the first seven chapters of the 16th century novel Journey to the West, and it celebrates the mischievous Monkey King’s challenge to the celestial autocracy.