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AFTERSHOCK

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
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Mon, Feb 14, 2011
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
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AFTERSHOCK

DIRECTOR: Feng Xiaogang - CHINA

This year’s Chinese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar also reigns as the most popular film in Chinese box office history. Feng Xiaogang tells the epic story of the survivors of one of China’s greatest natural disasters, the Tangshan Earthquake of 1976, which killed nearly 250,000 people. What starts as a disaster movie of Titanic proportions—with impressive special effects—moves to a deeply moving family melodrama that has wrung billions of tears from Chinese audiences. When the earthquake strikes, father Daqing is killed, and mother Yuanni (Xu Fan) is forced to make an impossible choice involving her two children that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Mother, son, and daughter, against the background of three decades of rapidly advancing Chinese society, must find the emotional pathways to reconnect with each other. While on one hand a work designed for the broadest commercial appeal, the insights into Chinese history, culture, family, and values are profound. (135 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Dream Factory (97), Big Shot’s Funeral (02), The Banquet (06), Assembly (07), If You Are the One (08).

Sponsored by French American International School.

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Interests: Oscar Submissions, Narrative Feature, Asian.

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