China Onscreen Biennial

China Onscreen Biennial
Ripples of Time and Modernity

“[The Wan brothers’] masterpieces brought major recognition for China in the field of animation.” —Marie-Claire Quiquemelle, Centre Georges Pompidou

Jack H. Skirball Series

Co-presented with the UCLA Confucius Institute

The inaugural edition of the three-week bicoastal showcase of Chinese cinema brings two evenings of eye-opening animated and live-action film, respectively, to REDCAT.

On October 22, the program “Animated, Golden and Restored” offers a rare glimpse at the luminous output of the “twin Golden Ages of Shanghai animation” (1950s–60s and late 1970s– early 80s). Digitally restored by the China Film Archive, the shorts include Pigsy Eats Watermelon (1958), a vibrant paper-cut animation by the pioneering Wan brothers; Baby Tadpoles Look for Their Mother (1960), the first of the ink-wash masterpieces by ASIFA lifetime achievement honoree Te Wei; and, as a bonus, China’s earliest extant animation, The Mouse and the Frog(1934), showing Disney and Fleischer influences, with a live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.

The program and the film restoration project will be introduced by China Film Archive representative Zhao Jing and by CalArts alum experimental animator Miwa Matreyek.

On October 23, Zhang Yuan, the best- known exponent of the post 1990s “Urban Generation” of Chinese filmmakers, presents Beijing Flickers (2012), an incisive yet lyrical exploration of the lives of young people “trying to make it” in the melting pot of social contradictions and hybrid cultural values that Beijing has become.

In person: Zhang Yuan, Li Xinyun (schedules permitting)


Preceded by

Some Actions Which Haven’t Been Defined Yet In The Revolution  (2011)

Experimental animator Sun Xun uses woodblock prints to create a pulsating hallucinatory imagery and evoke a Kafkaesque atmosphere of grotesquery, anxiety and vague ideological constrictions.


Detailed Screening Information for October 22 & 23

Beijing Flickers is co-presented with the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series.

The China Onscreen Biennial (COB) is presented by the UCLA Confucius Institute October 13–31 in partnership with REDCAT, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The program at REDCAT is curated by Cheng-Sim Lim in collaboration with Bérénice Reynaud. For more information, please visit 

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences




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MON 10/22
8:30 pm
TUE 10/23
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff