A still from Alifu, the Prince/ss, one of the films on the programme at the 2018 Chinese Visual Festival in London from 3rd-6th May.

London: this film festival is bringing Chinese language cinema to a screen near you

London: this film festival is bringing Chinese language cinema to a screen near you

Fancy getting a bit cultured this coming bank holiday weekend? Now in its eighth year, the Chinese Visual Festival is returning to London from 3rd-6th May, with a programme of feature films, documentaries, Q&As and panel discussions bringing cinema from the Chinese language speaking world to UK audiences through the BFI and King’s College London.

This year’s festival opens with Old Beast, an award-winning darkly funny drama about a man in his sixties who spends his time riding his motorbike around his small hometown in Inner Mongolia, lying, cheating, stealing and getting into trouble with his children.

Elsewhere, you can catch the UK premiere of Somewhere Beyond the Mist, a gritty and slow-burning crime drama from Hong Kong, along with a Q&A with director Cheung King-wai and producer Nicole Chan.

The weekend closes with Alifu, The Prince/ss, “an entertaining and moving look at the diverse LGBTQ and ethnic faces of Taiwan” which follows three relationships between people of different genders and age groups.

Catherine from East Meets West caught up with James, one of the festival organisers, to learn more about what’s coming up. Listen again here:

      CLICK HERE TO LISTEN - Catherine talks to James from Chinese Visual Festival

(Photo: A still from the film Alifu, the Prince/ss, which will close the Chinese Visual Festival weekend on 6th May. Credit: Chinese Visual Festival)

Catherine Jessup

A languages nerd with a food obsession and lifelong music bug, CJ can often be found panning the internet for golden Chinese indie tunes and toting around culinary experiments in a fancy lunchbox. Host and producer of East Meets West and Reporter for pandaradio.co.uk and gbtimes.com. Find them on Twitter @cjessup_gbtimes