Ahead of the European premiere of his latest film, Love And ... (2015), Zhang Lu will be giving a masterclass at Royal College of Art. Zhang will talk about his life career, why he decided to change from being a professor in literature to making films, and how he is expanding his attitude in filming with recent films. The talk will also encompass his background in Yonbyon/Yanbian, his relationship with South Korean producers, and his particular way of composing shots and directing actors. He will be in conversation with Professor Chris Berry (King's College London).
Zhang Lu has made his feature debut with Tang Poetry competing in Locarno in 2004 and since then Zhang has released 8 feature films. His work offers a rare glimpse on the modern history of Korean from Korean war to migration to separation between the North and South. He also has made films in various countries to bring problems relating to different ethnic groups and frontier to the screen with his own subtle tone. Zhang's work has gained international recognition, has been invited to over 50 film festivals including Cannes, Venice and Berlinale. With his recent films Gyeongju (2014) and Love And ... Zhang has been appealing to a broader audience, while not losing his distinct way of portraying the aesthetics of space.
Moderator Chris Berry is one of the leading scholars of Chinese cinema, and his research focuses on films from The People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora. He examines their production, history and reception as well as the film cultures of these countries. His publications include Cinema and the National: China on Screen (with Mary Farquhar); TV China, and Mobile Culture: New Media and Queer Asia.
Ahead of the European premiere of her latest film, Love And ... (2015), Moon So-ri will be giving a masterclass at University of Westminster. Moon will talk about the development of her career from the beginning of her acting to her recent endeavours in filmmaking. The talk will touch on her background in theatre, her relationship with distinguished directors such as Lee Chang-dong and Hong Sangsoo, and her way of crafting characters. She will be in conversation with film critic Anton Bitel (Sight and Sound).
Moon So-ri, the multi-award winning actress, started her career on stage before starring in Lee Chang-dong’s Peppermint Candy in 2000. However it was not until her second feature, also directed by Lee Chang-dong, Oasis, where the actress’s skill caught the attention of fans and critics across the world. Her portrayal of a woman suffering from cerebral palsy earned her, her first major award, the Marcell Mastroianna for New Young Actor or Actress at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, making the young actress the only second Korean to win this prestigious award. Moon continued to take on challenging roles in Im Sangsoo’s A Good Lawyer’s Wife, Hong Sangsoo's Hahaha and Hill of Freedom. Never looking to be labelled, the actress has also embarked on filmmaking and teaching career.
Moderator Anton Bitel, born in Australia, has lived in the UK since 1989. After studying Classics at the University of Oxford, he completed a doctorate in Latin literature, and continues to teach ancient languages to Oxford undergraduates. He also works as a film critic with a special interest in East Asian cinema and genre, and regularly freelances for Sight & Sound, Little White Lies and many other publications. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the London Film Critics' Circle.
*This masterclass is part of CREAM SCREENS, a series of screenings and conversations featuring the best of contemporary global film and artists’ moving image, and yet to be discovered pioneers of cinema’s global histories, hosted by the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster.