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The Night

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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Force Majeure

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Iwaki Note: Fukushima Voice

Movie Nights ——Multiple Perspectives on Art Film
2014.12.13 - 2014.12.26

Time:December 13-26, 2014

Location:OCAT Shenzhen, Enping Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China

Organizer:OCAT Shenzhen

Support:Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town Corporation Ltd.

Curator:Lou Ye

Co-curators:ASAI Takashi, Philippe Bober

As one of the eight permanent programs of OCAT Shenzhen, OCAT Screens is an annual program beginning in 2011. The theme of this year’s OCAT Screens is Movie Nights. Initiated by Chinese director Lou Ye and co-curated by Japanese producer ASAI Takshi, a long-term work partner of Lou, and French producer Philippe Bober, 2014 OCAT Screens will feature a two-week screening of films selected by three curators and a round-table discussion among the three of them from December 13-27.

Each curator chooses two independent films that are released in recent years throughout China, Japan and Europe. Several of these films have been nominated or awarded prizes in international film festivals. Through either poetic or calm narration and observation, the six films take on diverse perspectives but all together present responses to current situation of independent film from directors that come from different geographical regions. The three curators will be present in OCAT Shenzhen and exchange their ideas with audiences basing on their long-term practices and experiences in each field of expertise and the industry of independent film. In addition, Zhou Hao, director of The Night and Wong Men Hoi, director of Doll will hold lectures and share their experiences in independent film industry in the Chinese context.

The OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) was founded in 2005, and officially elevated to the level of a nationwide contemporary art museum group in April 2012. The museum’s headquarters is located in Shenzhen, with museum venues all over China, including OCAT Shenzhen, OCT Art and Design Gallery, OCAT Shanghai, OCAT Xi’an, OCAT Beijing and OCAT Wuhan. As the group’s first facility, OCAT Shenzhen has long been devoted to research and presentation of theories and practices of Chinese and international contemporary art. Since its inception, the museum’s curatorial, research and collecting work has focused on creations and ideas in art.

Profiles of Curators

Lou Ye

   Born 1965 in Shanghai,graduated 1989 from Department of Directing in Beijing Film Academy, Lou Ye has directed Suzhou River, Purple Butterfly, Summer Palace, Spring Fever, Flower, Mystery and Blind Massage, many of which were selected and awarded prizes in International Film Festival Rotterdam, China Independent Film Festival, Asian Film Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, etc. His 2014 work, Blind Massage won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography in the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, and six Golden Horse Awards including Best Feature Film, Best New Performer, Best Adapted Screenplay in the 51th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.

ASAI Takashi

Born in 1955 in Osaka. At the age of 18, he joined Tenjō Sajiki theater troupe lead by Shūji Terayama, and served as the regisseur until the troupe dissolved in 1983. In 1987, he founded UPLINK Co. and brought English film director Derek Jarman's works to Japan. He was a co-producer of Derek Jarman's The Garden (1990), Edward II (1991), Wittgenstein (1993) and Blue (1993). He decided to take a stake in Lou Ye's Suzhou River instantly after he watched it at the CineMart of International Film Festival Rotterdam presented by the producer Philippe Bober. Other films he has produced include Akira Kurosawa's Bright Future (2003) and Hitoshi Yazaki's Strawberry Shortcakes (2006). Besides distributing films, UPLINK presently runs 3 small cinemas with each capacity of 40 to 60, drawing on the concept of "micro-mini theater", alongside a cafe restaurant, a gallery and a shop in one building in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Philippe Bober

   Philippe Bobber is a French producer who is famous for discovering and fostering new talents. He has worked as producer with Lars von Trier and Lou Ye in their early works, and has worked with Roy Anderson, Jessica Hausner, Kornél Mundruczó, Ulrich Seidl, Michelangelo Frammartino, Ruben Östlund from their early to current works. Philippe Bobber founded Coproduciton Office as a sales and producer company in 1978. Coproduciton Office is a sales label for daring and engaging films and many of its films have won international awards.