In-person screening of Suzhou River, followed by a talkback with film expert Richard Peña. Lou Ye is one of the most influential and important directors in China today. Through his films, Lou brings to light his interpretation of social issues of the marginalized in the Chinese society. One of his most important works, Suzhou River, is a tragic love story set in modern Shanghai. But rather than show off China’s glamorous “pearl of the orient,” writer-director Lou sets the film amid the chaotic factories and abandoned warehouses along the Suzhou River, which runs through the city. The film, which was never shown in China, gives us an up-close look into contemporary China’s gritty urban underbelly. The 10-part Seeing China Through Film series is a tour of China’s greatest films curated by Columbia University Film Professor Richard Pena, former Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Date: 12/16/2021

Time: 6:00 pm

Cost: $10

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