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"Love and Bruises" Lou Ye Film Exhibition - 3rd Toronto SinoLux Exhibition

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Dec 7th Sat

  • Su Zhou River 3pm - 5pm

  • Food Reception 5pm - 6pm

  • Blind Massage 7pm - 9pm

Dec 8th Sun

  • Mystery 3pm - 5pm

  • Food Reception 5pm - 6pm

  • Purple Butterfly 7pm - 9pm


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Lou Ye is a Chinese screenwriter-director who is commonly grouped with the "Sixth Generation" directors of Chinese cinema. He started making his first films after graduating from the Beijing Film Academy. The visionary tends to contest China’s censorship laws and is one of the most controversial directors around today. Through his films, Lou hopes to bring to light his interpretation of social issues of the marginalized in the Chinese society.

In 1993, he made his first film Weekend Lover, but it was not released until two years later, having its world premiere at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg where it received the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award. Between completion and premiere of Weekend Lover he made and released Don't Be Young, a thriller about a girl who takes her nightmares as real, in 1994. Lou, however, did not gain international prominence until his third film, the neo-noir Su Zhou River. That film dealt with questions of identity and proved quite controversial upon its release in China. Upon its release, international audiences praised Suzhou River, which several critics felt evoked Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, particularly in how both films focus on a man obsessed with a mysterious woman.

In 2003, Lou released Purple Butterfly starring Zhang ziyi. The film is a tale of revenge and betrayal taking place during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, with a complex narrative structure borrowing heavily from film noir traditions.

Mystery (2012) is Lou Ye's seventh film but only the second (with Purple Butterfly in 2003) to have been released in his own country. The story is based on a series of posts under the title of "This Is How I Punish A Cheating Man And His Mistress", which has over one million hits. "Mystery is beautiful and violent, both in the emotions it deals with and the scenes that display them. It echoes some of contemporary China's own problems, such as corruption, money, ambiguity and morality," says Brice Pedroletti in his review on The Guardian.

His 2014 movie Blind Massage entered into the competition for the Golden Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and won Silver Bear award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. It received seven nominations at the 51st Golden Horse Film Awards, and won six, namely Best Feature Film, Best New Performer, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Effects.

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