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China Onscreen Biennial: Are We Really So Far From The Madhouse? (我们离疯人院有多远) US Premiere

Part of the UCLA Confucius Institute's inaugural China Onscreen Biennial (银幕中国双年展)project, an unprecedented bicoastal collaboration among seven distinguished American educational and cultural organizations to promote US-China dialogue through the art of film. October 13-31, Los Angeles | October 26-11, Washington, DC

Sunday, October 21, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Billy Wilder Theater, The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Li Hongqi. Producer: Alex Chung. Composer: P.K. 14, Dear Eloise. Cast: P.K. 14.

Li Hongqi followed his critically acclaimed fiction feature WINTER VACATION (2010) with this, his first documentary, a film as mesmerizing and unsettling as his fiction work – even as it’s harder to pin down. Joining China’s art rockers P.K. 14 (short for “Public Kingdom for Teens”) on their first national tour, Li’s camera surrenders to the flow of life on the road. What might be standard concert film footage, Li renders utterly absorbing through rigorous formal experimentation, including an asynchronous soundtrack that shifts between the band’s own sonic swirls and a discordant mashup of animal growls. To quote one of the P.K. 14 songs, it’s a “mysterious chaos” that captures the restlessness of contemporary China. – Paul Malcolm

HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 87 min. 


Admission Tickets: 

UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tickets: $10 online. $9 general admission, $8 for non-UCLA students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required) if purchased at the box office only. Free admission for UCLA students (current ID required); free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office until 15 minutes before showtime, or the rush line afterwards. Online tickets available at; click on the individual program.

Parking: Museum parking lot; enter from Westwood Blvd, just north of Wilshire. $3 flat rate after 6:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays and all day on weekends.

Information:, 310.206.8013 

Sponsor(s): Confucius Institute, Center for Chinese Studies

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