China Stars

Stepping into the third year of the China Stars showcase, the 44th Seattle International Film Festival continues to feature the diverse artistic visions and cultural richness in Chinese cinema by showcasing 10 feature films from Mainland China.

We are proud to have films from five female directors and five first-time directors, with many of the filmmakers scheduled to attend. In addition, we have four North American premieres and two US premieres, bringing the best new Chinese cinema to Seattle audiences. This year, the China Star Showcase features a wide range of films, varied in theme, style, genre.

The China Stars Celebration and Awards will be held on Friday, June 8 at the Pan Pacific Hotel to raise greater awareness of the excellent filmmaking in contemporary Chinese cinema and to promote cross-cultural exchange with all Festival filmmakers.

The program is co-presented and with curatorial and jury assistance from Mr. Eugene Zhang of WASA North America Group and made possible with support from Áegis Gardens, Hainan Airlines, and the Pan Pacific Hotel.

Angels Wear White

China | 2017 | 107 minutes | Vivian Qu

A young woman witnesses a local official's assault against two schoolgirls, leading to a complex aftermath of cover-ups and gaslighting.

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Dead Pigs

China | 2018 | 130 minutes | Cathy Yan

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - New Directors Competition and the China Stars Award for Best First Film | Five Shanghai residents find their lives converging amidst the backdrop of a mysterious river of dead swine.

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Girls Always Happy

China | 2018 | 117 minutes | Mingming Yang

Winner of the SIFF 2018 China Stars Award for Best New Talent | A college graduate stuck living at home clashes with her mother over everything from marriage to money to table manners.

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Love Education

China | 2017 | 122 minutes | Sylvia Chang

A woman’s plan to relocate her father’s grave unravels a tale of three generations of love, betrayal, and hope.

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People's Republic of Desire

China | 2018 | 95 minutes | Hao Wu

A captivating look at China’s Internet celebrities, and the dark side of their pursuit for digital fame.

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China | 2017 | 106 minutes | Yixi Sun

Two Chinese students find themselves in a chilling Gothic tale in a secluded 16th century mansion in the British countryside.

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The Silk and The Flame

USA | 2018 | 100 minutes | Jordan Schiele

A middle-aged gay man living in Beijing returns to the countryside and his traditional family in the hopes of reconnection.

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The Taste of Betel Nut

China | 2017 | 84 minutes | Jia Hu

Winner of the SIFF 2018 China Stars Award for Best Film | A polyamorous male couple test the limits of their sexuality by becoming romantically entangled with a beautiful young girl.

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The Widowed Witch

China | 2018 | 118 minutes | Cai Chengjie

A third-time widow who falls on especially hard times is declared cursed but then turns superstition to her advantage.

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Wrath of Silence

China | 2017 | 119 minutes | Yukun Xin

A mute Chinese miner sets off to find his missing son using whatever tactics necessary.

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