Weekly Events: The Other Half & Old Dog in Bay Area
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
"The Other Half" (dir. Ying Liang)
Address: International House, Chevron Auditorium 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
Working as a secretary for a legal office, Xiaofen records clients detailing the sordid aspects of their lives: divorce cases, medical malpractice suits, financial corruption and old-fashioned personal revenge. Xiaofen starts to question her own relationship with her boyfriend (Deng Gang), fresh out of prison and looking to get into trouble again with his gambling habit. While Xiaofen deals with the overwhelming social malaise surrounding her, rumors spread of a disaster at the local chemical plant, threatening to poison the entire city.
Indie director Ying Liang follows up his celebrated debut Taking Father Home with a brutally frank portrait of the social and environmental problems plaguing contemporary China. “A vivid angle into ordinary life in China” (David Bordwell, Film Art: An Introduction), Ying Liang’s filmmaking examines multiple facets of society with a deceptively direct filmmaking style “that has few parallels in modern cinema.” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)
Tickets & More Information here.
Friday, April 27, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
"Old Dog" (dir. Pema Tseden)
Old Dog at San Francisco International Film Festival
Address: Pacific Film Archive Theater 2575 Bancroft Way (at Bowditch), Berkeley, CA 94704
This poetic film, heralded as the forefront of Tibet New Wave cinema, tells the story of a Tibetan herder whose struggle to preserve his culture, the dignity of his family, and his beloved mastiff crescendos in a tragic moment of sacrifice.
Tickets & More Information can be found here.