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CineCina Film Festival: Indepedent Chinese Cinema

Raining in the Mountain

The CineCina Film Festival (CCFF), running October 25 to November 3, is the fest that sets out to promote art house Chinese and international cinema. Held at venues across NYC, CCFF was formed in 2018 by a group of young film scholars and filmmakers active in New York looking to create a new platform for Chinese cinema. This year’s edition of the film festival will open with Elia Suleiman’s Palestinian Oscar selection for 2019, It Must Be Heaven, and will close with a special 10th Anniversary presentation of Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon. A digitally restored version of King Hu’s 1979 classic Raining in the Mountain will make its U.S. Premiere as the Centerpiece Screening. Raining in the Mountain was voted as one of the “100 Greatest Chinese Films” by the Hong Kong Film Awards and follows a Buddhist monastery during the Ming Dynasty in turmoil over a stolen scripture and the decision of who will be the next abbot. 

North American premieres include Takahisa Zeze’s The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine, about two female sumo wrestlers trying to escape the abuses of their past, while two other women – members of an anarchist group - start to watch their wrestling matches. Lu Zhang’s Fukuoka looks at two old schoolmates reconnecting, as a mysterious woman who enters the picture, leading to a tense love triangle. There will also be a screening of the John Woo classic The Killer and Naoko Yamada’s A Silent Voice will be screened as a special Tribute to Kyoto Animation.

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CineCina Film Festival
October 25 - November 3, 2019

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