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.

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In Coming HomeZhang 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. The 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.

ACCOLADES FOR COMING HOME

-“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

UPCOMING FILMS

* 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