Spring Film Festival showcases the crème de la crème of Chinese movies aiming to promote the Chinese culture to the Filipino Society. The organizers of the this seven year old festival (Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies (RLCCS) together with Ateneo Celadon and the Confucius Institute) expanded its local reach and added key cities as the film festival’s docking areas. Cebu, Iloilo, Davao and of course Cagayan de Oro are now part of the festival.
Here are the films to be shown during the film fest
- Space Dream – The film aims for little more than the outright worship of China’s space program, the film taking place in a version of China where the grass is green and the skies are blue and everyone is an inspiration. It is bright and cheery and more than a little cheesy. It can be tough to take, but it’s also so earnest that it might just win you over. No cynics allowed.
- Jasmine Women – The movie barters in high drama, casting these stories of women in emotional turmoil against the backdrop of war and cultural upheaval. Anchoring all this high emotion are the stellar performances from Zhang Ziyi and Joan Chen, who both handle the multiple roles with stunning aplomb.
- Golden Times – a touching story about teacher Fang and police officer Sun Dayang, who put up a ‘Home for the Left-Behind Children,’ to care for those whose parents have migrated to find work in the cities.
- Storm Warriors – The movie seems to take inspiration from Zack Snyder’s comic book adaptations, working extensively with variable speeds and all sorts of digital trickery. It’s certainly interesting to look at, but the overall result is more than a little staid and frustrating. Wuxia is a great tradition of cinema, and it doesn’t seem to benefit from all the digital bells and whistles.
- 2 Become 1 – vThe film tells the tale of an ad executive (Miriam Yeung) who has her life turned upside down when she discovers a lump. With the help of the handsome Doctor V (Richie Ren), she soon learns to deal with her fate. The film sometimes goes too far in chasing down a joke, but it’s a bit of a surprising, sometimes romantic treat.
- Piano In A Factory – The film takes place far from the more familiar cities of China, deep in the industrial heart of the nation. It reveals a side of the country that isn’t at all aesthetically pleasing, but full of spirit all the same. This is a winner of a film that will leave many audiences smiling.
The Spring Film Festival will run from Feb. 1 to 10 at the Shangri-La Cineplex and Feb. 7 to 10 simultaneously in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro. The admission is free in all areas and the four screening schedules are as follows: 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8 p.m.
If you are in Cagayan de Oro, check out the films at the Limketkai Center on February 7-9, 5:00PM at the Rotunda. You make check their Facebook Page for the schedule of films that will be shown.