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TIFF Bell Lightbox to Exhibit Chinese Film Retrospective, from 1935 Rarities to Wong Kar-wai, Edward Yang and Ang Lee

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood May 6, 2013 at 2:37PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival's gallery exhibition building in Toronto, has just announced a new retrospective, A Century of Chinese Film, which will run June 5 to August 11.
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Edward Yang's 'A Brighter Summer Day'
Edward Yang's 'A Brighter Summer Day'

TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival's gallery exhibition building in Toronto, is mounting a remarkable new retrospective, A Century of Chinese Film, which will run June 5 to August 11. A lot of behind-the-scenes legwork and negotiating went on, Bell Lightbox's Noah Cowan has told me, to make this happen. A trip to Toronto may be in order. Or we can hope this will travel.

Beginning in 1935 with Cai Chusheng's "New Women" and ending in 2006 with Jia Zhangke's "Still Life," A Century of Chinese Film features over 80 titles spanning the silent era to today, offering a comprehensive refresher course for cinephiles. Some of the big auteurs rounding out the series include Edward Yang ("A Brighter Summer Day," 1991), Hou Hsiao-hsien ("A City of Sadness," 1985), Zhang Yimou ("Red Sorghum," 1987), Ang Lee and, of course, Wong Kar-wai.

Bell Lightbox will also show new multi-installation exhibitions by artist/filmmaker Yang Fudong and cinematographer and Wong mainstay Christopher Doyle.

Read more about the retrospective and exhibitions here.

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.