IAF, State Theatre present mini Chinese film series
- March 25: Infernal Affairs at 6 pm – This award-winning 2002 thriller is the story of the race between a Chinese mafia mole in a police department and an undercover cop, each attempting to identify the other. After winning top prizes in Asia, in 2006 Martin Scorsese remade the film as The Departed which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Post-film discussion facilitated by Gary Howe, who lived in China and graduated from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center before returning to Traverse City where he teaches world geography at NMC and serves as an elected city commissioner.
- April 15: The Last Emperor at 6 pm – Winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, this 1987 film was the first authorized by the Chinese government to be filmed in the Forbidden City. It follows the true story of Puyi, China’s last emperor, from his ascent to the throne as a small boy to his imprisonment and political rehabilitation by Communists.
- May 3: Big Bird in China at 10 am (25-cent kids matinee) – Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street character meets Chinese schoolchildren, learns Chinese words and visits sites like the Great Wall. Filmed on location in Beijing and other locales, this is a great way to introduce kids – and parents – to China!
- May 13: Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry at 6 pm – The 2012 hit documentary, one of the favorites at the eighth Traverse City Film Festival, chronicles Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. A fascinating look at contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.