Elegies: An Evening with Filmmaker Ann Hui

Ann Hui

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James Bridges Theater - Melnitz Hall 1409

6:00PM Doors Open - Opening seating, no RSVP list. First come, first served.

6:30PM Screening of Elegies /《姟?/span> (2023) 101 min. Cantonese with English subtitles

8:15PM Ann Hui in Dialogue with Michael Berry

Three Years after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Venice International Film Festival and releasing her epic adaptation of Love After Love, Ann Hui returns with an intimate documentary portrait of poets from Hong Kong. In a city known for its bustling trade, commerce, banking, and business, Elegies reveals the inner poetic life of Hong Kong. By exploring the work of some of the island’s most innovative writers and poets, Ann Hui also reveals an intimate and unconventional portrait of Hong Kong as a city in a state of transition. 

Ann Hui (S鞍A) is one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated filmmakers of the past four decades. A writer, director, and producer who was a central figure in the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui has continued to reinvent Chinese-language cinema with films like Boat People (1982), Summer Snow (1995), The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006), A Simple Life (2011), The Golden Era (2014) and Love After Love (2020). As versatile as she is prolific, her body of work includes historical drama, horror, thrillers, martial arts epics, semi-autobiographical films, and documentaries. Known for her sensitive character studies, explorations of political and social issues, and literary adaptations of classic novels, Ann Hui is also one of the most decorated filmmakers of her generation, including a six time winner of Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards, three time winner of Best Director at the Golden Horse Awards and being honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Venice International Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and the Asian Film Awards. 

Michael Berry Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA. A 2023 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author/editor of ten books on Chinese literature and cinema including Speaking in Images (2006), A History of Pain (2008), Translation Disinformation, and Wuhan Diary(2022), and Voiceover: Conversations with Chinese Filmmakers (2023). He has served as a film consultant and a juror for numerous film festivals, including the Golden Horse (Taiwan) and the Fresh Wave (Hong Kong). He is also the translator of ten books, including Remains of Life(2017), Wuhan Diary (2020), Hospital (2022) and Exorcism(2022).


Directions and Parking

The James Bridges Theater (278 seats) is situated on the northeast corner of the UCLA campus, adjacent to the Broad Art Center and the Murphy Sculpture Garden.

Closest parking space is Parking Structure 3.

Pay-by-space parking is $3 per hour, up to $13 (all day).

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media


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