April 1, 2006
- Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
& Muffins Available
Introduction at 9:20 a.m.
Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Session following the screening
Members present 2006 Membership Card
& Non-Members pay $15.00 per person at the door
|Can you imagine a Chinese
Cinema Paradiso? Xiao Jiang can, and her highly entertaining début
feature gives us a pretty vivid impression of what it might be like. Her
storyline - divided between Beijing now and Ningxia thirty years ago -
is about what it takes to heal grievous emotional wounds within a family.
But all of her central characters are movie fans, and the key events in
their lives are inextricably linked to the movies they saw and loved. Unless
you grew up in China, you may not know the movies in question, but you'll
recognize the syndrome.
opens in present-day Beijing with a disastrous encounter between delivery
boy Dabing (Xia Yu, who won the Best Actor prize in Venice for In the Heat
of the Sun) and Ling Ling (Qi Zhongyang). Dabing is the one with a bump
on his head, but Ling Ling's the one who ends up in hospital, receiving
overdue treatment for a life that has left her dazed, confused and hurt.
He visits her home to keep her fish fed and starts reading her diary. It
tells a story that shocks him in ways he could never have expected, but
it also reminds him of his own childhood passion for the movies. Those
were the days before television, when movies were the only real mass medium
and when audiences breathed and dreamed as one. –Rotterdam International
“A lovely, elegant paean
to the joy and liberty that films offer… ELECTRIC SHADOWS is sweet and
accomplished and Xiao Jiang is a terrific new find.” - The Hollywood Reporter
2004 Marrakech International
Film Festival - Winner, Special Jury Award
2004 Toronto International
2004 Pusan International
2005 Bangkok International
2005 Rotterdam International
2005 Deauville Asian Film
Festival - Winner, Lotus Premiere Award
RUNNING TIME: 95
with English Sub-Titles