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Treating (Zhi Liao) by Wu Wenguang
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Treating (Zhi Liao) by Wu Wenguang
Sunday April 3, 2011, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Treating (Zhi Liao) by Wu Wenguang
US premiere!

At the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd. (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028

As part of the series Between Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales from the New Chinese Cinema, curated by Cheng-Sim Lim and Bérénice Reynaud, Filmforum is proud to hst the United States premiere of the Chinese film Treating (Zhi Liao) by Wu Wenguang.

Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members
Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.  

Wu  Wenguang: Treating (Zhi Liao) (2010, 80 min., DVD)
Written, directed, edited by: Wu Wenguang
Photographed by: Wu Wenguang, Wen Hui, Zou Xueping, Tang Zhi
Subtitles: Meng Qi
Assistants: Zou Xueping, Tang Zhi, Xiaoying
Video engineere: Wang Wenli
Translator (English): Odette Scott

"The film was triggered by my desire to explore the deep emotions caused by my mother's death in 2007. The focus shifted as was I was sorting through the 12 years of footage I had collected, seeing subtleties I had previously overlooked, or reliving past experiences Then I realized this film is not just about remembering my motherit's also an experiment to bring her back to life. As I am trying to heal myself, my mother is a crucial element. And so, through my mother/ remembrance/the present/healing and self-healing, this film's structure and way of recounting began to organically materialize." (Wu Wenguang)
As the filmmaker engages in a self-reflexive analysis of old diaries and intimate footage, he also plunges into recollections of his experiences during the Cultural Revolution   another incisive merging of proletarian history and personal cinema by one of the founders and spiritual leaders of the "New Chinese Documentary Movement."

A former schoolteacher and TV journalist Wu Wenguang (born 1956) spontaneously recreated the aesthetics of cinema vérité with the epoch-making Bumming in Beijing  The Last Dreamers (Liulang Beijing  Zuihou De Mengxiangzhe, 1990) and its follow-up, At Home in the World (Shihai Weijia, 1995). Starting with the portrait of five young marginalized artists, he depicts the existential angst, creativity and cultural displacement that characterized his generation after June 1989. 1966, My Time in the Red Guards (1966, Wo de hongweibing shidai, 1993, shown at the Los Angeles Filmforum in 1997) recalls the memories of former teenage Red Guards swept by history. For Jiang Hu: on the Road (Jiang Hu, 1999), Wu lived for months with the members of an impoverished 'Song and Dance Company' as they lived and performed throughout China.
In 1994, Wu co-founded The Living Dance Studio with his partner, dancer/choreographer Wen Hui, and together they conceived the performance/video Dance with Farm Workers (He Mingong Tiaowu, 2002). In 2005, they founded Coachangdi Workstation, combining a studio/rehearsal space, an independent video archive, training/educational facilities for videomakers and a yearly performance and documentary festival. In 2006, Wu launched the Villagers Documentary Project, in which peasants and students were given the tools to produce video documents about their own communities (the first installment of which was shown at REDCAT in 2007). After the controversial Fuck Cinema (2006, shown at REDCAT in our previous "New Chinese Cinema" film series), Wu stopped directing films himself, until he (re)discovered the concept of "personal cinema" and started working in this vein with Treating and Bare Your Stuff (2010).

Preceded by: Sun Xun: Beyond-ism (Zhuyi zhiwai)(Animation, 2010, 8.8 min., DVD)
Animation | 2010, 8.8 min, DVD
"In Sun Xun's magical world, which mixes up references to Mao's poetry, ancient China and tales from Japan, it is the magician who rules the world."
Rotterdam International Film Festival

After studying printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, Sun Xun (born 1980) founded the animation studio Pi in 2006. His meticulous animations have been shown in festivals in China, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, and media art centers in the US. His drawings and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Europe and the U.S.
He had his first film retrospective in the US at REDCAT in October 2009.
Sun Xun conceived Beyond-ism while he was an artist-in-residence in Yokohama. The first part of the project consists of 10 huge ink drawings and frames of animation video. The second part is made of the drawings for the animation. The third part is the video. In Xun's recent solo exhibition at ShanghArt Gallery in Beijing (Jan 16-March 6), the whole process was combined with a site-specific drawing.

This program is part of the series Between Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales from the New Chinese Cinema, curated by Cheng-Sim Lim and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

In recent years, independent Chinese cinema has experienced a virtual explosion. Digital media have allowed filmmakers to be bolder, more daring and to explore hybrid forms of documentary and fiction, or mix found and live footage while playing with novel formal strategies. Independent Chinese cinema has also come of age. Reaching beyond nostalgia and social protest, it plumbs surprising corners of  Chinese reality with humor that is at times light, dark, saucy, dry, raunchy or conceptual. Expect the unexpected.

Additional screenings of the series are taking place in the following institutions throughout the greater Los Angeles area and New York City:

REDCAT <www.redcat.org>
631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wed Apr 6 | 8:30 pm
Zhu Wen: Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi)
Preceded by:
Sun Xun: 21G (21 KE)
in person: Zhu Wen

Thur Apr 7 | 8:30 pm
Li Hongqi: Winter Vacation (Hanjia)

Fri Apr 8 | 8:30 pm
Liu Jiayin: Oxhide II (Niupi II)
in person : Liu Jiayin

A special screening of Oxhide I will be organized at the California Institute of the Arts, Bijou Theater, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA,  on Friday April 8, at 4:00 pm, followed with a Q & A with Liu Jiayin
Directions: (661)255-1050

Sat Apr 9 | 3:00 pm
Hao Jie: Single Man (Guangyun)

Sat Apr 9 | 7:00 pm
Huang Weikai: Disorder (Xian Zai Shi Guo Qu De Wei Lai)
Preceded by:
Ying Liang: Condolences (Wei Wen)

Sat Apr 9 | 9:30 pm
Jia Zhangke: I Wish I Knew (Hai Shang Chuan Qi)


Echo Park Film Center  www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/
1200 N Alvarado St. (@ Sunset Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA. 90026
(213) 484 - 8846

Mon Apr 11 | 8:00 pm
Sheng Zhimin: Night of an Era (Zaijian Wutuobang)


Pomona College Museum of Art / Media Studies
Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre
Smith Campus Center
170 E. Sixth St., Claremont CA 91711

Mon Apr 11 | 7:30 pm
Liu Jiayin: Oxhide II (Niupi II)
in person : Liu Jiayin

Tue Apr 12 | 7:30 pm
Zhu Wen: Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi)
Preceded by: Sun Xun: 21G (21 KE)
in person: Zhu Wen

Wed Apr 13 | 7:30 pm
Jia Zhangke: I Wish I Knew (Hai Shang Chuan Qi)

Thu Apr 14 | 7:30 pm
Huang Weikai: Disorder (Xian Zai Shi Guo Qu De Wei Lai)
Preceded by: Ying Liang: Condolences (Wei Wen)

Pomona College Museum of Art's Projection Room: ongoing looped projection of Chinese animation, installation video, and documentary  

UCLA Film & Television Archive  www.cinema.ucla.edu
Billy Wilder Theater
Located at the Courtyard Level of the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Sun Apr 17 | 7:00 pm
Olivier Meys and Zhang Yaxuan: A Disappearance Foretold (Qian Men Qian)

Fri Apr 22 | 7:30 pm
Zhao Ye: Jalainur (Zha Lai Nuo Er)


Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


Film > Premiers

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Los Angeles Filmforum
On BPT Since: Nov 17, 2009
Adam Hyman

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