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Liu Jian A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #97. Liu Jian’s Art College 1994

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #97. Liu Jian’s Art College 1994

A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man

Identified as the film that was pulled from the Directors’ Fortnight less than a week before it was set to premiere, Liu Jian‘s A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man (formerly this had begun as a different project known as School Town) surprisingly didn’t premiere everywhere else in ’22. The Nanjing based animator and filmmaker Piercing I (2010) and Have A Nice Day (2017) the filmmaker inserts some autobiographical elements in this text. Could the filmmaker be making a second trip to the Berlinale?

Gist: This tells the story of Lao Wang is a middle-aged man. He works in a security department of a college which is located at a big school town. He lives a calm life until freshman Xiao Wang has a conflict with his roommate. We’re expecting some sort of generational conflict, difficult resolutions, the safety of a mild-mannered and normal pace of life to be disrupted by darker matter.

Release Date/Prediction: After the Directors’ Fortnight snafu, we could see this premiering in Berlinale or….actually being invited for a second time to the same section this May.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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