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2018 Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Int. Film Fest

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2018 Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Intl. Film Fest: Lav Diaz & Lee Chang-Dong Among Highlights

2018 Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Intl. Film Fest: Lav Diaz & Lee Chang-Dong Among Highlights

Selections have been announced for the second edition of the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Int. Film Festival. The brainchild of former Venice Film Fest topper Marco Müller and master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, this year the festival has lassoed Lav Diaz (check out our Berlin interview) and Lee Chang-Dong (check out our Cannes review of Burning) for Masterclass gigs and we once again find a sprinkling of international offerings from Sundance (Dead Pigs, Wildlife), mostly Cannes, Locarno (Hotel by the River, Too Late to Die Young) and TIFF title (Baby, Platform section winner Cities of Last Things) preems along with local fair. The fest which takes place on October 11th until the 20th in Pingyao mostly caters to next wave of filmmakers. Here are the program sections and film title selections. More announcements will be made in the weeks ahead.

Crouching Tigers | debut or second feature film by new directors
Dear Son by Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia / 2nd film / Asian Premiere)
The Load by Ognjen Glavonić (Serbia / 1st film / Asian Premiere)
Empire Hotel by Ivo Ferreira (Portugal / 2nd film / World Premiere)
Soni by Ivan Ayr (India /1st film / Asian Premiere)
Meteors by Romain Laguna (France / 1st film / Asian Premiere)
The Man Who Surprised Everyone by Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov (Russia / 2nd film / China Premiere)
A Land Imagined by Yeo Siuw Hua (Singapore / 2nd film / Asian Premiere)
The Crossing by Bai Xue (China / 1st film / Asian Premiere)

Hidden Dragons | imaginative and original genre film from around the world
Los silencios (The Silences) by Beatriz Seigner (Brazil / Asian Premiere)
En liberté (The Trouble with You) by Pierre Salvadori (France / China Premiere)
Vulkan (Volcano) by Roman Bondarchuk (Ukraine / Asian Premiere)
Kraben rahu (Manta Ray) by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand / China Premiere)
Cities of Last Things by Ho Wi-ding (Taiwan / China Premiere)
When Love Blossoms by Ye Jiangtian (China / World Premiere)

Gala | new films by major directors
Vada Chennai (North Chennai) by Vetri Maraan (India / World Premiere)
Wildlife by Paul Dano (United States / Asian Premiere)
Un peuple et son roi (One Nation, One King) by Pierre Schoeller (France / China Premiere)
The Pluto Moment by Zhang Ming (China / China Premiere)
Red Flowers and Green Leaves by Liu Miaomiao, Hu Weijie (China / World Premiere)
Baby by Liu Jie (China / Asian Premiere)

Best of Fest
Girl by Lukas Dhont (Belgium / China Premiere)
Tarde para morir joven (Too Late to Die Young) by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile / Asian Premiere)
Lazzaro felice (Happy as Lazzaro) by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy / China Premiere)
Ayka by Sergey Dvortsvoy (Russia / Final version | World Premiere)
Gangbyun hotel (Hotel by the River) by Hong Sang Soo (South Korea / Asian Premiere)

Special Presentations | special screenings, masterclass
Half The Sky by Daniela Thomas, Elizaveta Stishova, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Liu Yulin, Sara Blecher (China / International Premiere / Opening film)
The Wind Guardians by Liu Kuo (China / Festival Mentor’s Choice)
Lust Stories by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar (India / Netflix India / New Media)
Throw Down by Johnnie To (Restored / Hong Kong / China Premiere / EAST-WEST Contribution)
Beoning (Burning) by Lee Chang-dong + Masterclass
Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil) by Lav Diaz (Philippines) + Masterclass

New Generation China | selection of the most original new Chinese language films
Don’t Walk Away by Li Jiaxi (World Premiere)
Three Adventures of Brooke by Zhu Yuanqing (Asian Premiere)
Lush Reeds by Yang Yishu (Asian Premiere)
Life of Zhang Chu by Lu Yulai (World Premiere)
Crossing The Boarder by Huo Meng (World Premiere)
Dead Pigs by Cathy Yan (China Premiere)
My Dear Friend by Yang Pingdao (China Premiere)

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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