Thomas Mao

Tales from the New Chinese Cinema

April 29–May 1, 2011

Guest curators: Bérénice Reynaud and Cheng-Sim Lim

In recent years, independent Chinese cinema has experienced an astonishing resurgence. Digital equipment has allowed filmmakers to be bolder, more daring, and to explore hybrid forms of documentary and fiction, and mix found and live footage while playing with varied formal strategies. Reaching beyond nostalgia and social protest, emerging filmmakers are plumbing surprising corners of Chinese reality with humor that is alternately light, dark, saucy, dry, raunchy, and conceptual. Expect the unexpected.