CINEMA ALLEY 2016 AT GOLDEN AGE CINEMA & BAR
Cinema Alley at Golden Age Cinema & Bar is a night of Chinese cinematic wonder and cutting-edge video art presented in the architectural grandeur of the art deco Paramount Pictures building in the ‘Hollywood Quarter’ of Sydney’s Surry Hills.
Curated by 4A in response to the unique setting of Golden Age Cinema and taking as its inspiration contemporary resonances of recent Chinese cinema history, Cinema Alley at Golden Age Cinema & Bar presents two feature films and two installations of video art that explore the significant changes that have occurred to the physical and cultural landscape of China over recent decades. Offering ticketed cinema screenings in addition to contemporary art installations that respond to this unique setting, join us for drinks, wonder and splendour in the elegant surrounds of a ‘golden age’.
Cinema Alley at Golden Age Cinema & Bar is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with Golden Age Cinema & Bar and is an associated event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.
TICKETED SCREENING ($20 +bf)
Still Life (2006)
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Renowned Chinese director Jia Zhangke’s haunting minimalist drama Still Life takes as its focal point the construction of the colossal Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. Interweaving two intimate stories with the dramatic geographical transformation of landscapes and cities flooded by the dam, Still Life is a beautiful and haunting meditation on memory and impermanence.
A Touch of Sin (2013)
duration 133 mins
A man who becomes a tiger after being pushed to the edge by corruption, a receptionist who finds an emphatic way of dealing with bad customers, a motorcyclist who discovers that happiness is a warm gun and a waiter with no one left to turn on but himself. These are a few of the characters you meet in Jia Zhangke’s explosive new film that tackles prodigious social tensions in China with startling flashes of violence.
6.00PM – midnight
In The Foyer
Contemporary Chinese artist Chen Qiulin’s multi-channel video installation The Empty City (2012) investigates the history and modernisation of her home province of Sichuan. Offering strange juxtapositions afforded by the rapid pace of changes sweeping China, The Empty City plays with the incongruities in modern China, conflating images of traditional and contemporary life with personal histories and themes of demolition and transformation.
6.00PM – midnight
In The Bar
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Hong Kong-based video, installation and performance artist Adrian Wong explores connections between the recent urban redevelopment of Hong Kong’s west end and his own family history. Umbrellahead I Will Find You (2012) is a multi-sensory installation that is the result of intensive social research that Wong undertook with Hong Kong residents about their memories of the city, particularly during the 1960s and ‘70s, known as the ‘Golden Age of Chinese Cinema’. To accompany this video installation the artist has created bespoke costumes, cocktails and a dining menu to complete the evening.
Cinema Alley at Golden Age Cinema & Bar is curated by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with Golden Age Cinema & Bar and is an associated event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.