Movie time at the Confucius Institute!

In Spring 2018 Confucius Institute held screening for several movies. Two of the movies screened were Black Coal, Thin Ice (白日焰火) and Eat Drink Man Woman (饮食男女).

Black Coal, Thin Ice (白日焰火) is a 2014 Chinese thriller film written and directed by Diao Yinan. It tells the story of an ex cop and his ex partner deciding to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again. The film won the Golden Bear award and Best Actor (Liao Fan) at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Eat Drink Man Woman (饮食男女) is a 1994 film directed by Ang Lee, and the first of Lee's films to be both a critical and box office success. This drama centers upon the relationships within a Taipei family: a senior master chef and his three grown daughters. Together with The Wedding Banquet (喜宴) and Pushing Hands (推手), the three films show the tensions between the generations of a Confucian family, between East and West, and between tradition and modernity, forming what has been called Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy. In 1994, the film received the Asia Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Film, and in 1995 it received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

The screening was part of the course “Chinese Film Culture: Series of Screening and Lectures”, hosted by the Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki. The event was for free and open to the public.

The course provided an overview of the role of films in Chinese culture and society during the last one hundred years. Chinese film culture was presented in relation to international trends and historical developments. This course depicted the most important films, genres, directors and topics in the Chinese film history. Industrial practice and film analysis were discussed with a focus on individual artists. Attention was also paid to case studies dealing with questions of criticism and reception.