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.