of Communications will host a Chinese film festival Oct. 21 and
22. Authentic Chinese films focus on average people facing average
problems; they are the opposite of Hollywood or Hong Kong films
that create fantasies of heroic people in heroic situations.
Each of the
four festival films is about 90 minutes in length and each carries
English subtitles. The final three films will each be followed by
a 30-minute question-and-answer session with six Chinese filmmakers
- including a film director, an actor, and the president of Emei
Film Studio - Elon's guests during the film festival.
will be in the McEwen 011 film-screening theater.
3 p.m. "The
Accused" In a remote mountain village, a woman hangs herself
in front of the house of the town leader. Someone sends an anonymous
letter to the provincial government questioning the character and
authority of the leader. We get a picture of a leader who keeps
social order, but at what cost?
7 p.m. "The
Well" Like the coffee pot in the workplace today, the well
is the gathering place in a rural Chinese community. The story focuses
on a bright career woman ensnared in the expectations of marriage
and society. The film exposes the power of tradition and people's
resistance to change.
3 p.m. "Shangri-La
Town" The mayor of a rural town is arrested, and the event
provokes turmoil in the townspeople. Some are ambivalent; others
shift their loyalties this way and that. The film is reminiscent
of a Chekhov play in that it delves deeply into the lives of the
7 p.m. "My
Lucky Flower" This love story is set against the backdrop
of the mountains and great plateau of Tibet. By focusing on a military
commander and a female soldier during the 1950 march by the People's
Liberation Army into Tibet, the film chronicles the hardships of
the time and the hope and patriotism of the new China.