Odyssey: a Chinese Cinema Season

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We are excited to announce that Bookhouse will be attending Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season, a month long film festival dedicated to championing the latest in outstanding independent Chinese cinema. The festival, presented by UK-China Film Collab, runs from 10th May - 10th June across venues in London and Edinburgh as well as online.

We will be providing reviews and recommendations as we look to cover a range of films from the various sections of the festival, from 'Chinese Regional Cinema' to 'Women Through the Lens' and more. For more information on the full festival programme check out the Odyssey website here.

The festival opens with the UK premiere of Tracy's Dong feature documentary HARD LOVE, which follows five single women spanning cities across China and worldwide all looking to navigate romance, family and marriage in an ever demanding modern world. Hard Love is screening at Picturehouse Fulham in London and Picturehouse Cameo in Edinburgh on May 10th. Tickets here.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a special one off screening of Stanley Kwan's classic of queer Chinese-language cinema - LAN YU. Presented from a recent 4k restoration, the film tells a tragic love story between two men set to the backdrop of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 and was adapted from erotic web fiction. Lan Yu will be screened at the Prince Charles Cinema on May 12th. Tickets here.

The final in-person event of the festival will be the screening of RIVER OF SALVATION at Finsbury Park Picturehouse in London on May 17th. The film premiered in Beijing in January and is writer-director Gao Qisheng's feature debut. We follow an unmarried young woman struggling with her monotonous existence until a murder from her past comes back to haunt her. Tickets here.

Keep an eye on our social media feeds, website and Letterboxd page to follow our coverage.