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35th Annual Film Series Continues with ‘Coming Home’ Oct. 16


The OCU Film Institute's 35th Annual Film Series will continue with a screening of Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home on October 16.

In Coming Home, Zhang creates a moving story set after China’s Cultural Revolution. Having been released from a labor camp where he was sent as a political prisoner, Lu returns home years later searching for his beloved wife, played by Zhang’s great actress and muse Gong Li. >span class="TextRun SCX47296330" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"> husband and wife struggle to recognize each other after great trauma.

The screening will begin at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.


-“Zhang’s keen and universal view of human nature raises his work far above its own visual beauty and into the realm of timeless storytelling.” NY Times

-“After a period of creative drought, Zhang’s homecoming is a cause for celebration.” Boston Globe

-“A welcome throwback to one of the most emotionally wrenching actor-director partnerships in film history.” The Onion

-“The beautifully composed shots are studies in shadow and sunlight, drizzle and grime.” Wash. Post

-“I'm not sure if there's room in the new Chinese film world, which like American cinemas is now dominated by big-budget special effects films, for another series of Gong-Zhang films. But they should forge ahead. They've recaptured the magic.” San Francisco Chronicle

-“China's Cultural Revolution was a period of political turmoil, launched by Mao Zedong in 1966, a dark decade that many in Chinese society would prefer to forget. So it says something that Zhang’s new drama Coming Home has been a big success in China.” NPR

-“This ode to the fundamental values that survive even under such dire circumstances has an epic gravity that recalls another great historical romance, Doctor Zhivago.” Variety


* Oct. 30, Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb

* Jan. 22, Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro

* Feb. 5, Lasse Hallstrom’s My Life as a Dog

* Feb. 19, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday

* March 5, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent

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