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Master "Fifth Generation" director Chen Kaige joins us onstage to discuss his immensely influential body of work, which includes such classics as Yellow Earth, King of the Children and the worldwide hit Farewell My Concubine.
Chen Kaige has long been regarded as a cinematic keeper of China's cultural heritage for his string of elegant, masterful period dramas. After graduating from Beijing Film Academy in 1982, he made his feature film debut with Yellow Earth (84), and established himself as a leading figure of Fifth Generation filmmaking. His most acclaimed film, Farewell My Concubine (93), was nominated for two Academy Awards and won the Palme d'Or as well as the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His numerous features include Together (02) and To Each His Own (07), both of which have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, in addition to Temptress Moon (96), Killing Me Softly (02), The Promise (05), Forever Enthralled (08), Sacrifice (10), and Chen's latest film, Caught in the Web (12), which also screened with the Festival. As part of the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, Chen was commissioned to take part in the anthology film To Each His Own Cinema, creating his short Zhanxiou Village (07). He has served as a judge for the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals and several other prestigious film festivals in Shanghai, Japan and Italy.