7th Spring Film Festival on Feb 1-10 at Shangri la Cineplex!

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Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies & Confucius Institute and Credit Suisse, in cooperation with Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza, brings you the Spring Film Festival this February 1-10, 2013 now on it's 7th year!

 Photo: Here are the movie schedules!
Showing starts on Feb 1 and ends on Feb 10.

Free Admission!
With English Subtitles. 

The films for this year include Piano in a Factory (Best Actor, 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival; Best International Movie, 28th Miami International Film Festival; Special Award of Jury, 28th Golden Flower Movie Festival); Storm Warriors (Best Visual Effects, 29th Hong Kong Film Awards), Golden Times, Jasmine Women (Grand Jury Prize, 7th Shanghai International Film Festival; Best Actress, 13th Golden Rooster Awards), 2Become1, and Space Dream. Admission is free.

Also during Spring Film Festival, there will be a Chinese Painting Exhibit at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from February 1 to 10, 2013 that display is the latest works of seasoned artists from the International Studies for Chinese Arts and the students of the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University Chinese Painting class. Started in 2009, this annual exhibit aims to promote Filipino-made Chinese paintings and to encourage the emergence of new talents that will continue the rich legacy of the ancient art in the Philippines.

There will also be the On the Wings of Culture Chinese Photo Exhibit that contains images and scenes that depict a new wave of cultural reform is taking place in China, which includes improving cultural infrastructures; burgeoning cultural industries; greater creativity in arts, literature, design and high-tech applications; safeguarding of cultural heritage; cultural innovation, dialogue and youthful exchange. This exhibit is a cooperation of the Cultural Section of the Chinese Embassy and the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University. The photo exhibit will be at the 4th floor of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from February 1 to 10, 2013.

Sponsors of the 7th Spring Film Festival include: 

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Confucius Institute, Ateneo Celadon, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Credit Suisse, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Limketkai Center, ChaTime, Richprime Global Inc., CitisecOnline Financial, Chevrolet, Flexo Marketing, Raphyten Marketing, Lyric Piano, Baby Mossimo Kids, First Estan Trading, Teresa Marble, Footzone Greenhills, Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan University, Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu, Ateneo de Davao University, University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Ilo-ilo- Santa Maria Catholic School, Business World, Chalk Magazine, HerWord.com and Chinoy TV.

For more information, please call Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at (02) 426-6001 locals 5208, 5209, 5280 and 5284. For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at (02) 633-2227.

Movie details:

Photo: Golden Times 

Fueling China’s economic boom is the mass migration of workers from the countryside to cities. This leaves a 58 million ‘left-behind children’ in the care of their old, and illiterate grandparents. What should have been carefree years for these kids is wrought with weariness from studying and burdensome farm work. Teacher Fang and Officer Sun Dayang realize that the affections and instructions of parents during the early years are irreplaceable. With help from the local government, they set up a “Home for Left-Behind Children,” which helps the kids from this population attain a healthy and loving environment in the hands of the community.
Golden Times 

Fueling China’s economic boom is the mass migration of workers from the countryside to cities. This leaves a 58 million ‘left-behind children’ in the care of their old, and illiterate grandparents. What should have been carefree years for these kids is wrought with weariness from studying and burdensome farm work. Teacher Fang and Officer Sun Dayang realize that the affections and instructions of parents during the early years are irreplaceable. With help from the local government, they set up a “Home for Left-Behind Children,” which helps the kids from this population attain a healthy and loving environment in the hands of the community.

Photo: Storm Warriors (2009)

An epic battle is played out by warriors harnessing the power of the elements in this effects-laden fantasy /action drama Hong Kong film. The brave Lord Nameless is the leader of a band of heroic warriors. Lord Godless, his nemesis, captures Nameless in a daring raid, imprisons his soldiers and takes control of his land. As things look hopeless, three of Nameless's allies set out to free him: Cloud (Aaron Kwok), Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Chu Chu (Yan Tang). As Cloud absorbs what he's learned from Nameless and Wind is tutored in combat by Wicked, can they fend off Godless and his cronies?
Awards: won 29th Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Visual Effects
Storm Warriors (2009)

An epic battle is played out by warriors harnessing the power of the elements in this effects-laden fantasy /action drama Hong Kong film. The brave Lord Nameless is the leader of a band of heroic warriors. Lord Godless, his nemesis, captures Nameless in a daring raid, imprisons his soldiers and takes control of his land. As things look hopeless, three of Nameless's allies set out to free him: Cloud (Aaron Kwok), Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Chu Chu (Yan Tang). As Cloud absorbs what he's learned from Nameless and Wind is tutored in combat by Wicked, can they fend off Godless and his cronies?
Awards: won 29th Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Visual Effects

Photo: Space Dream

The son of a peasant family, Zhang Tiancong (Liu Zhibing) is a veteran member of the first generation of Chinese astronauts. Now in his 40s, he has yet to be selected for a space mission. Meanwhile, his family, including his daughter, ace military pilot Siyu (Jiang Ruijia), continues to support his quickly fading dream. Tiancong’s last shot on a mission is of exceptional importance; it involves docking spaceship Wentian I with a satellite to establish China's first manned orbital space station. Will Tiancong get picked to pilot Wentian I and finally realize his space dream? Or will he be stuck on backup duty again?
Space Dream

The son of a peasant family, Zhang Tiancong (Liu Zhibing) is a veteran member of the first generation of Chinese astronauts. Now in his 40s, he has yet to be selected for a space mission. Meanwhile, his family, including his daughter, ace military pilot Siyu (Jiang Ruijia), continues to support his quickly fading dream. Tiancong’s last shot on a mission is of exceptional importance; it involves docking spaceship Wentian I with a satellite to establish China's first manned orbital space station. Will Tiancong get picked to pilot Wentian I and finally realize his space dream? Or will he be stuck on backup duty again?

Photo: 2Become1

Bingo Leung, an advertising executive, has always lived a carefree life that includes guarding her turf in the office, dating, and gossiping with her three girlfriends. One day, she finds a lump in her left breast. Everything begins to fall apart as she tries to cope with the loss of femininity in a series of bittersweet events. With the help of a happy-go-lucky Doctor V and a shy but talented teenager Sing, Bingo begins to find new meanings in her turmoil and the will to face her own demons.
2Become1

Bingo Leung, an advertising executive, has always lived a carefree life that includes guarding her turf in the office, dating, and gossiping with her three girlfriends. One day, she finds a lump in her left breast. Everything begins to fall apart as she tries to cope with the loss of femininity in a series of bittersweet events. With the help of a happy-go-lucky Doctor V and a shy but talented teenager Sing, Bingo begins to find new meanings in her turmoil and the will to face her own demons.

Photo: Jasmine Women

Starring Zhang Ziyi (House of Flying Daggers), Joan Chen and Jiang Wen, Jasmine Women tells the story of one family's struggle to overcome its tragic history, as each daughter repeats the mistakes of her mother. Director Hou Yong sets his film in the 1930's, 50's and 80's against the backdrop of an ever-changing Shanghai and tells the stories of Mo, Li and Hua, which when translated to English together means Jasmine Flower. Jasmine Women won the 7th Shanghai International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and the 13th Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actress.
Jasmine Women

Starring Zhang Ziyi (House of Flying Daggers), Joan Chen and Jiang Wen, Jasmine Women tells the story of one family's struggle to overcome its tragic history, as each daughter repeats the mistakes of her mother. Director Hou Yong sets his film in the 1930's, 50's and 80's against the backdrop of an ever-changing Shanghai and tells the stories of Mo, Li and Hua, which when translated to English together means Jasmine Flower. Jasmine Women won the 7th Shanghai International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and the 13th Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actress.

Photo: Piano in a Factory

A man goes to unusual lengths to prove his love for his daughter in this family drama. Chen Guilin is a man who loves music and plays in an amateur band, but he can’t support himself on what he makes as a musician. His wife, Xiao Ju, files for a formal divorce, and take custody of their daughter. To retain his daughter, he must give her a piano. Chen exhausts all means: borrowing money from his friends and even attempting to steal a piano, but all his attempts fail. Finally, he decides to produce a steel piano with his friends.

Awards: Best Actor, 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival; Best International Movie, 28th Miami International Film Festival; Special Award of Jury, 28th Golden Flower Movie Festival
Piano in a Factory

A man goes to unusual lengths to prove his love for his daughter in this family drama. Chen Guilin is a man who loves music and plays in an amateur band, but he can’t support himself on what he makes as a musician. His wife, Xiao Ju, files for a formal divorce, and take custody of their daughter. To retain his daughter, he must give her a piano. Chen exhausts all means: borrowing money from his friends and even attempting to steal a piano, but all his attempts fail. Finally, he decides to produce a steel piano with his friends.

Awards: Best Actor, 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival; Best International Movie, 28th Miami International Film Festival; Special Award of Jury, 28th Golden Flower Movie Festival

Mark your calendars now! you don't want to miss this event! :-) I can't wait to watch Zhang Ziyi's movie "Jasmine Women" I super love her! :-)

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