On Thursday 3 September, Vienna Café will be the place to be if you wanna kill eleven birds with one stone. In one evening you can watch ten movies and have a cup-of-whatever-you-fancy. They are namely screening short films that have been in the Meiwenti Global Film Contest. Ten shorts films of different genres and stories, of which some are some set in Shanghai. The girls from one of the short films, Just Around the Corner, will be there during the evening. Don’t miss out!
The Meiwenti Independent Film Distribution Network started out four years ago in Shanghai, as an attempt to create a platform for young aspiring movie makers and independent movies. According to themselves:
In the summer of 2005, a group of film-lovers in Shanghai got together and decided it was time to make filmmaking accessible to the public. The task at bay was not easy, but the infant film movement had an attitude: Meiwenti, which means “No problem” in Mandarin Chinese. – – – Meiwenti has produced a few indie films, inspired a constant flow of short film projects, organised seven Short Film Contests and fostered a multi-cultural community of filmmakers in Shanghai.
Where: Vienna Cafe, Shaoxing Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu
Starts: Thursday, September 3rd at 7.30pm
For the first time this summer the network staged The Meiwenti Global Film Contest – an event taking place simultaneously in different cities around the world. The theme the battling movie makers were to portray was “Against all odds”, and all entries had just one month to write, shoot and edit. Some of the criteria was that the movie must be between 8 to 12 minutes long and that one of the actors must cry in a scene. One also needed to include the sound of a radio program that they made themselves.
So if you didn’t go to the winning ceremony on July 18th, when the best 12 movies were selected and screened, here´s your chance on showing your respect to an often neglected and underestimated movie genre – the short film. If that ain’t enough as a bait, remember, you’ll even be able to do it with a cup of coffee in your hand, or whatever goodies Vienna Café is able to tempt you with.
Check out what other movies are showing in Shanghai this coming week after the jump. Links lead to info about times and venues.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Penelope: Grab your nose for this Hollywood rom-com. James McAvoy teams up with Christina Ricci to unveil a modern day fairytale. Penelope is born with a pig’s snout due to a witch’s curse. To break the curse, she must find true love and realize life’s most important life lesson: “to like herself the way she is.” In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- State of Play: Based on a BBC TV series, Kevin Macdonald´s latest fictional thriller stars Russell Crowe as a Washington Globe journalist who begins investigating the death of people close to his former boss, promising congressman Stephen Collins. Trouble ensues. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- Up: Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old, has always dreamed of visiting the South American wilderness. One day, he attaches his house to a super-cluster of hydrogen balloons and sets off his adventure with an 8-year-old boy. Brought to you by the creative team behind Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Cars. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra: The elite Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (read: G.I. Joe) takes on Cobra, an evil organization led by a nefarious arms dealer. The film follows the rise of Cobra and the G.I. Joe, so those new to the series will have an easy time following along. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: When Sid’s attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him.
CHINESE LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Invisible Killer (无形杀): A cautionary tale of the Internet’s potential for misuse receives an offbeat framing in “Invisible Killer,” which uses a police-procedural format to involving effect. Strongly etched characters and perfs compensate for the almost total absence of physical action as the central mystery unfolds via flashbacks, making this a contender for some festival sidebar play and cable pickup.
- China Idol Boy (乐火男孩): A sing and dance movie, starring the Super Boys and Girl Tang Xiao. It is the first made-in-China 3D movie shooting by real persons in real location.
- Gasp (气喘吁吁): American entertainer John Savage pairs up with China’s well-liked actor Ge You for one more time. They star as two desperate middle-age entrepreneurs who try to impress each other by puffing up themselves. Expect to see Howie B composing the music and Norwegian Aasulf Wolf Austad rocking the camera. U.S-educated director Zheng Zhong draws the best of both cultures into this comedy drama. In Mandarin with occasional English dialogue.
- Tian An Men (天安门): Prestigious director Ye Daying creates a history drama to celebrate the 60th anniversary of China. As the last film of Ye’s revolutionary trilogy, Tian An Men features Guo Keyu, Xu Xiaoli and Pan Yueming. The film is set during the Tian An Men’s restoration in 1949 for the Founding Ceremony of P.R.C. Mandarin only.
- Empire of Silver (白银帝国): This Shanghai International Film Festival winner features Aaron Kwok, Hao Lei and Zhang Tieling. Directed by Christina Yao, the film is set in the late Qing Dynasty and follows a carefree young man who is the reluctant heir to his father’s banking empire. Mandarin only.
- Metallic Attraction: Kung fu Cyborg (机器侠): China’s latest sci-fi slash kungfu comedy, helmed by Hong Kong director Jeffery Lau, is a local version of Transformers. Wonder what a male Chinese robot (just pretend) will look like in year 2046? Here is your chance. Sent to live with a family in Ningbo, robot K-1 falls in love with local girl Su Mei. Watch the forbidden love unfold.
- Sophie’s Revenge (非常完美): This Rom-com, directed by ambitious U.S.-educated director Jin Yimeng, marks Zhang Ziyi’s debut as a producer. The movie follows Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) and Jeff (Jisub So) as an engaged couple that rides an emotional roller coaster right before the wedding. Mandarin only.
- On His Majesty’s Secret Service (Dai noi muk taam 009): The Emperor appoints 12 secret royal guards in accordance with the Chinese zodiac. Among the best guards are Zero Tiger and Zero Pig. However, only Zero Dog is not interested in learning martial arts but prefers to spend more time on science and technology. One day the chief eunuch, Cao Yan Chui plans to overthrow the Emperor by killing a minister and want to have one of his godsons to marry the Emperor´s daughter. Together Ngor Nam, Zero Dog and Hei Mong decide to stop Yan Chui. Can they save the Emperor´s life and bring Yan Chui to justice?
- Cyborg Girl (我的机器人女友): On his 20th birthday, the unsociable Jiro Kitamura bumped into a lovely girl and they spent a memorable night together. But the mysterious female disappears the next morning and never comes back. A year later, Jiro meets the girl again and realizes she’s a cyborg from the future. The two begin living together and Jiro finds himself falling hopelessly for this emotionless superbot. Mandarin only.
- The Magic Aster (马兰花): A nostalgic story and an all-star cast are the attractions of the Chinese animation film “The Magic Aster.” The fantasy film, about a magic aster flower which helps the kind-hearted protagonist, is adapted from a popular 1950s stage play of the same name.
- McDull Kung Fu (麦兜武当）: This Hong Kong cartoon film tells the story about Mai Dou, a little piglet who leaves Hong Kong and go to Wudang Mountain to learn martial arts.
- Overheard (且听枫韵): The film stars Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu as a trio of police officers conducting surveillance on a listed company.
- One night in supermarket (夜店): A one-thing-leads-to-another comedy of misadventure entirely set in the pic’s title location. It’s the wee hours at Wang Wang Supermarket, where nerdy stockroom boy Li Junwei is on duty with – and only has eyes for – Tang Xiaolian. But the quiet soon lapses into chaos when balding, pop-eyed He Sanshui comes in with two doofus heavies and demands to speak to the mart’s boss lady, Wang Sufen.
OTHER LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Haeundae: Located on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, Haeundae-gu of the city Busan draws one million visitors to its beaches every year. This 2009 South Korean film has been billed as South Korea’s first disaster film, depicting the tsunami catastrophy of 2004. Haeundae is directed by Yoon Je-kyoon and stars Sol Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Joong-hoon and Uhm Jung-hwa.