The Clark Presents a Free Film Series: ‘China Looks in the Mirror’
Four films explore tumultuous changes in 20th-century China

For Immediate Release

July 27, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents “China Looks in the Mirror,” a series of four free films exploring the tumultuous changes over the past 70 years in the world’s most populous and dynamic society. Films will be screened on Mondays in August at 3 pm, beginning with To Live on August 6 and continuing with Sunflower on August 13, 24 City on August 20, and Last Train Home on August 27.

The Films

To Live (1994, 125 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Monday, August 6, at 3 pm
Yimou Zhang’s masterpiece follows the fortunes and hardships of Xu Fugui and his luminous wife Xu Jiazhen, from World War II through the Cultural Revolution. Starring Ge You and Gong Li, the film has received numerous awards, including the 1995 BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Sunflower (2005, 129 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Monday, August 13, at 3 pm
Yang Zhang’s intimate family saga begins with the Cultural Revolution and follows one man over the course of 30 years as he ultimately matures into the artist his father always wanted him to become.

24 City (2009, 112 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Monday, August 20, at 3 pm
Internationally acclaimed young Chinese director Zhang Ke Jia blends documentary and drama in this potent intergenerational story that takes place as a luxury apartment building rises on the site of an old airplane factory.

Last Train Home (2010, 85 min.)
Monday, August 27, at 3 pm
Lixin Fan’s documentary follows one couple as they, along with 130 million other migrant workers, journey from the factories where they work to visit the family they left behind in the countryside for Chinese New Year.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar Listing

August 6, 13, 20, 27: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents “China Looks in the Mirror,” a series of four free films exploring the tumultuous changes over the past 70 years in the world’s most populous and dynamic society. Films will be screened on Mondays in August at 3 pm, beginning with To Live on August 6 and continuing with Sunflower on August 13, 24 City on August 20, and Last Train Home on August 27. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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