“Lo mejor de mí” is one of the eight movies that will be shown as a part of the program “Espacio Femenino: Women in Front And Behind the Camera” at the Spanish Consulate these coming five days. Starting tonight!
You don’t have to be Laura Mulvey to realize that most of the actors you see in film are male, most directors are male, and most stories are told from a somewhat “male” perspective. Time to make way for female directors and female actors, and try to shrug that male gaze off our eyes and minds.
We therefore suggest that you plan for a five days long movie program offered by the Cultural Section of Consulate General of Spain, starting tonight! The aim of the program is to highlight films created or directed by women, hence the name Espacio Femenino: Women in Front And Behind the Camera. This is the festival we wish wouldn´t have to exist, but since the film industry is still everything from gender balanced, Espacio Femenino surely has a void to fill.
Eight movies will be shown, all in Spanish with English subtitles:
This film program showcases a selection of works created or directed by women, displaying a visually rich and diverse perspective in the industry. Espacio Femenino will open on February 24th to present 5 screenings of contemporary films; fiction feature film, sociohistorical documentary, creative documentary, selection of shorts…
On February 24th, Justine Rochot will introduce the titles and briefly explore different female representations in Eastern and Western film making. The presentation will be conducted in Chinese with Spanish translation.
The event is open to the general public.
Where: Cultural Section of Consulate General of Spain / Cervantes Library, 198-208 Anfu Lu, Xuhui, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu, Metro Line 1 Changshu Lu Station, 安福路198-208号, 近乌鲁木齐南路，地铁1号线常熟路站
Starts:From February 24th to 28th at 7PM. On February 28th> Full screening of the program from 5 PM to 11 PM.
Cover: No info yet
The list of films looks like this:
FEB 24 : Lo mejor de Mí
FEB 25 : El secreto de educar
FEB 26 : Nadar
FEB 27 : As de Corazones
FEB 27 : Rémoras
FEB 27 : Test
FEB 27 : La clase
FEB 27 : Dolores
FEB 28 : FULL SCREENING
We haven´t been able to find any web site describing the movies or the event more in detail, so we lack confirmation if the above IMDB links lead to the correct movies. Nevertheless, we have a good feeling Espacio Femenino is worth your time!
Check out what other movies are showing in Shanghai this coming week. Links lead to info about times and venues.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Hollywood Movie Night: Every Wednesday at 18:00 The American Education Center screens one new Hollywood movie from rom-coms to action thrillers. The night is targeting at Chinese kids who are interested to study in the U.S. All screenings are in English with English subtitles, followed by a discussion. Free. All events are free and open to college students and working adults. February 24th, 6pm – 8pm.
- Secret Cinema (?): Thursday 25th February will Vienna Café´s Secret Cinema night. They won’t announce what film it is going to be until you sit down and the lights are out. Curious what film it’s going to be? Sorry they can’t tell you yet. English subtitles.
- Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul: On Friday 26 February, The Culture and Education Section of German Consulate General offers a free movie screening. In this 2005 documentary, director Fatih Akin follows German musician Alexander Hacke on his musical journey to Istanbul. Hacke wanders about the city with his mobile recording studio and a microphone to capture the distinctive sound of its people and culture. Get a taste of real Turkish music, from its arabesque to indie rock forms. German with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm.
- Relax…It’s Just Sex (放轻松): Cinema of Truth gives a Sunday screening of this humorous flick about a group of eccentric friends struggling to navigate the choppy waters of sex, love, child birth, AIDS, and happiness in Los Angeles, with rather unexpected consequences. A mixed group of individuals – lesbian, gays, and heterosexuals who struggle to accept each others lifestyles. February 28th, 4pm – 6pm. Cost: 10 yuan.
- Man to Man (野人传奇): An 2005 epic about anthropologists who hunt and capture pygmies for study back in Europe, in an attempt to illustrate the link between man and ape. Directed by Régis Wargnier.
- Sherlock Holmes (大侦探福尔摩斯): Sherlock Holmes, the creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who first appeared in publication in 1887 has made it to movie theatres in many different versions. This time under the direction of Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.
- Arthur and the Minimoys 2 (亚瑟和他的迷你王国2): Following the first big success, the sequel opened in the theaters. Arthur boys were summoned once again returned to the mini-kingdom and the courage to face the devil Matazhade cruel revenge. The first movie, “Arthur and the Invisibles” (Arthur and the Minimoys), released in 2006, was a part-animated, part-live action feature film adaptation of the 2002 children’s book Arthur et les minimoys / Arthur and the Minimoys, and the 2003 sequel “Arthur et la cité interdite” / “Arthur and the Forbidden City”, written by filmmaker Luc Besson, who also directed the film.
- Avatar: (阿凡达): James Cameron is back with this super expensive sci-fi thriller in 3D. Follow ex-marine Jack (Sam Worthington) as he explores planet Pandora as an avatar; a human mind in an alien body. On this paradise-like planet, he faces hostilities from exotic life forms and falls in love with a female alien. This movie used ground-breaking techniques and is being shown in 3-D. In English or Chinese depending on the cinema.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (鼠来宝：明星俱乐部): The Squeakquel: Three sensational and oh-so-cute chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore are returning to the silver screen. They end up living with owner Dave’s nephew Toby and meet their equally talented female counterparts, the Chipettes. In English or Chinese depending on the cinema.
- Astro Boy (阿童木): An origin story set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist, Dr. Tenma, in the image of the son he had lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, becoming part of a group of rowdy kids led by a girl named Cora, experiencing betrayal, and a netherworld of robot gladiators led by the greedy ring master, Ham Egg…
CHINESE LANGUAGE MOVIES
- 72 Tenants of Prosperity (七十二家租客): A “throw-in-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-oh-what-the-heck-throw-that-in-too comedy”. The story is a love triangle – two men in love with the same girl. One wins, the other loses, and they become enemies. But something larger happens that forces the men to form an uneasy alliance, along with their 70 fellow shopkeepers on the street: An evil landlord is set to raise the rent on the 72 tenants, threatening their economic survival.The film is a Lunar New Year’s comedy, a movie genre that is often unabashedly silly with a childlike playfulness, with the simple mission to instill 90 minutes of happiness. “72 Tenants of Prosperity” certainly aims for that, but producer-director-star Eric Tsang has something more on his mind. His inspiration is the 1973 classic “The House of 72 Tenants,” a film that broke Hong Kong box-office records set by Bruce Lee and became something of a cultural phenomenon. Tsang opens his film with the same style of credits, the same opening gag, and a spot-on re-creation of 1970s Hong Kong filming style.
- Little Big Soldier (大兵小将): Little Big Soldier is a 2010 Chinese action-adventure/comedy film directed by Ding Sheng and produced and written by Jackie Chan, also starring Chan and Leehom Wang. An old soldier kidnaps a young general of an enemy state and takes him on a long journey to collect the reward.
- True Legend (苏乞儿): Set at the turn of 19th and 20th century, the story of begins with Su Can, a wealthy man who loses all his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced out onto the streets, he dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero as he challenges foreign fighters at a boxing ring. The story is loosely based on the life of Su Can, nicknamed Su Qi Er (Su the Bagger), who developed his own fighting style, known as “drunken fist”. This is Yuen Wo-Ping’s first directorial work since 1996 and may also give a major boost to the career of 37 year old China’s born martial-art star Zhao Wenzhuo.
- Hot Summer Days ( 全城热恋): “Hot Summer Days” unites a galaxy of stars in China’s show business, including Jacky Cheung, Rene Liu, Nocholas Tse, Barbie Hsu, Daniel Wu and Vivian Hsu. The romance is slated for release across China in February the 11th. The film consists of six intertwining love stories, all set in a stifling and sultry summer. As Valentine’s Day this year falls on the first day of Chinese lunar new year, the release date for “Hot Summer Days”, February 11th, was chosen to coincide with the big occasion, aiming for a lion’s share of the movie market.
- All’s Well Ends Well 2010 (花田喜事): Director Raymond Wong heads up another all-star Lunar New Year comedy. “All’s Well Ends Well 2010” stars Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Raymond Wong, Ronald Cheng, Lam Tze-Chung, and “Ip Man” co-star Lynn Xiong. Plot: Princess Pearl of Flowerland is sent to Midland at a young age to learn her ceremonials duties. Her mother, the Queen Mother misses her daughter very much that the King orders his sister, the princess, to return home. However, the princess has fallen in love with Gerenal Wing of the Midland army and is reluctant to part from him. As their boat approaches the Flowerland border, Pearl & Wing save the life of a girl named Ying, who seeks to throw herself into sea after running away from an arranged marriage. Pearl, Wing and Ying are attacked by pirates and Pearl falls overboard in the ensuing chaos. On arrival in Flowerland, the King mistakes Ying for his sister, while Pearl is saved by Ying’s father, Million.
- Fortune King is Coming To Town (财神到): This Chinese New Year celebration comedy tells a story that is very similar to “Santa Clause is coming to Town”. Fortune King is Chinese goddess; they come down from heaven to the earth and give money to people like what Santa does for children. Lead Actor Tan Yonglin says the Fortune King also only help people who watch out. “Our film is more than fun. If you do not work hard, the Fortune King will know and refuse to help you. The movie also tells us to open our heart and love others.”
- 14 Blades (锦衣卫): Daniel Lee´s martial arts epic stars certified Kung Fu badass Donnie Yen in the role of Qinglong, or Green Dragon. He is the best of the so called Jinyiwei, an imperial elite force of assassins recruited from street orphans. Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades, eight being for torture, five for killing, and the last blade being reserved for suicide when a mission failed. When the emperor is kidnapped and the court taken over, Qinglong takes on the mission of restoring the emperor to power. Also starring Vicki Zhao and Chun Wu.
- Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (喜羊羊与灰太狼之虎虎生威): This movie is from the same title Chinese Animated Television series which tell stories of bouts between Family Sheep and descendants of wolf on the grassland. This time, the story happens in the world of snail. There is a serious bale coming to snails. The biological warfare happens between two of bacterial kingdoms, “Black Null” and “White Null”, who exist on antennae of snails. The White Null Kingdom recruits all military force around the country to perish the black-hearted Black Null Kingdom. Sheep Xiyangyang sides with White Null Kingdom, and Wolf Huitailang is siding for the opposite.
- Confucius (孔子): Learn more about the respected Chinese thinker in this film. Directed by Hu Mei, China´s fifth-generation director, the film features Chow Yun-fat as Confucius. The plot depicts the latter half of Confucius´ life, from when he takes up the chancellor position of his home Kingdom until his death. Zhou Xun stars as the beauty Nan Zi in this high-budget . Mandarin only or in Mandarin with English subtitles depending on the cinema.
- Park Shanghai: Local director Huang Kai’s debut film explores China’s post ’80s generation. The romantic drama follows former lovebirds Dong and Rerei as they meet again at their high school reunion years after graduation. Huang Kai will attend the screenings. Call for more information. Mandarin, Shanghainese and English dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles.
- 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.
- The Warrior and The Wolf (Lang zai ji): This costume fantasy drama is the latest production by China’s influential director and producer Tian Zhuangzhuang. Set in the Qing Dynasty, the plot follows a warrior and his foreign lover. Their romantic encounters lead to a supernatural event. Japanese star Joe Odagiri, Taiwanese actor Tuo Zonghua and American diva Maggie Q star. Mandarin only.
- McDull Kung Fu (麦兜响当当): In animated feature “McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten,” Hong Kong’s most iconic cartoon porker goes to learn martial arts at Wudang, birthplace of Taichi, to prove that pigs can fly-kick at a national championship.
- The Foundation Of A Republic (建国大业): This offering from China Film Board chairman Sanping Han tells the story of the founding of the PRC, in celebration of the country’s birthday. Chinese megacelebrities Chen Kaige, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Chen Daoming and Ge You star. Mandarin only.
- Jump (跳出去): This comedy follows a girl who pursues her dream as a hip-hop dancing queen, but instead becomes a janitor in a big city dancing school. Produced by Stephen Chow, this flick originally featured Edison Chan as the leading actor, but later the production team re-shot the whole film and replaced Chan with Leon Jay Williams after Chan´s scandal broke out. In Mandarin or Cantonese depending on the cinema.