Event

Cinema on the Edge: Best of the Beijing Independent Film Festival - Egg and Stone

Screening
Theater 7–9pm
  • Regular $12
  • Media Center Members $10

A film series unlike any other, "Cinema on the Edge: Best of the Beijing Independent Film Festival" celebrates the daring spirit and creative innovation of independent filmmakers and festival organizers in mainland China. The Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) has been at the forefront of presenting these groundbreaking films in China, but for the last three years the festival has met substantial official resistance and in 2014, the festival was forced to close.

Several of the most acclaimed films from BIFF will be brought to the United States for the first time, to be screened in some of the best museums and cinemas in New York City. The series is organized and curated by producer/distributor Karin Chien, critic/curator Shelly Kraicer, and filmmaker/anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki. Six of NYC’s most revered film and cultural institutions will present these works: Anthology Film Archives, Asia Society, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Maysles Cinematheque, Museum of Chinese in America, and UnionDocs.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Huang Ji. 

EGG AND STONE

by Huang Ji

2011, 98 min, digital. In Hunan dialect with English subtitles.

Winner of the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Award, Huang Ji’s brave personal film is one of the most auspicious debuts in recent Chinese cinema. Set in her home village in rural Hunan province, Egg and Stone is a powerful autobiographical portrait of a 14-year-old girl’s attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexual maturity. Since her parents moved to the city to work, she has been forced to live with her uncle and aunt for seven years. Alone with her own inchoate fears and desires, she grapples with a terrifying world of sexual awakening and danger. Huang Ji’s visual sophistication, narrative fluency, and technical polish belie her youth. Cinematographer Ryuji Otsuka (also the film’s producer and editor) contributes beautifully crafted cinematic images, fearfully intimate, softly pulsing with light, saturated with complex emotional power.

 

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