Sunday, July 14, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Women have long played a vital role in China’s film industry, both behind and in front of the camera. But many have struggled as directors to wield the influence and power to consistently get their films financed and distributed at the same level as their male counterparts. With a recent jump in the number of female-directed films being released, is the industry landscape changing? Could something like the Hollywood’s Time’s Up movement take off in China? Join China Institute and the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) for a panel discussion where Rebecca Davis, Variety’s China Bureau Chief, director Wu Nan (Push and Shove) and producer Guan Yadi will discuss the challenges and opportunities that female filmmakers are navigating in China as the global industry undergoes seismic changes in financing, distribution, and the diversity of voices being heard.
Rebecca Davis is the China bureau chief for Variety, part of the organization’s expansion of its international coverage. Davis covers a land that boasts the world’s second-largest movie market and a burgeoning television industry and that has developed extensive ties with Hollywood in recent years. Formerly a reporter with Agence France-Presse, Davis is based in Beijing, and has long had a professional interest in and personal fascination with the Chinese entertainment scene.
Wu Nan (吴楠), Chinese screenwriter and director, graduated from Beijing Film Academy, majoring in Film Directing. Her best-known films as a screenwriter include Zhang Yimou’s Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Derek Tsang’s Soul Mate (NYAFF 2018), and Ning Hao’s Crazy Alien (2019). Push And Shove, her directorial debut, is a smart comedy of manners, exposing the best and worst sides of human nature where a Beijing screenwriter seeks justice after his pet dog is brutally injured by the neighbor’s Tibetan mastiff. Wu is the Associate Professor at The Central Academy of Drama, teaching screenwriting and directing.
Guan Yadi (关雅荻) is a film producer with over 20 years of experience including development, production, post-production, marketing, publicity and distribution. With a degree in film production from the Beijing Film Academy and a masters in literature, Guan has utilized his many skills in a multitude of projects. He has worked with directors such as John Woo, Ning Hao, Zhang Yibai and Cheng Er, has produced successful feature films including Assembly and Wind Blast, has hosted and produced talk shows, and is the founder and CEO of Beijing Courage Culture Media Co. His latest production, the much anticipated sci-fi film Pathfinder is scheduled for release later this year.
From the deadly serious to the gleefully absurd, from the disquieting to the freaky, the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) at Lincoln Center celebrates the most vibrant and provocative cinema out of Asia today. China Institute and the Confucius Institute @ China Institute are thrilled to partner with NYAFF to support the festival’s complete slate of 11 films from China. For more information visit https://www.nyaff.org/nyaff19/films.
This event is supported by the Confucius Institute @ China Institute.