For its second edition, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (previously the Chinese language Film Festival Ireland) celebrates the diversity, artistry and variety of films from East and South East Asia. Over four days, the festival will feature a compelling range of films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

We are honoured to welcome the great Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing as our guest in Dublin. A long-time collaborator with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, he has also worked with many renowned directors including Wong Kar-Wai, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Tran Anh Hung, Ann Hui and Sylvia Chang.

The festival will feature the work of Mark Lee Ping-bing with rare screenings of five films spanning Mark Lee’s career, as well as an exclusive masterclass and post-screening Q&As.

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Commenting on this year’s programme, Festival Artistic & Programme Director Marie-Pierre Richard said, ‘We are delighted to welcome our guest of honour Mark Lee Ping-Bing, a celebrated cinematographer and an intrinsic part of East Asian cinema for more than 30 years. Our programme which includes several Irish premières offers exciting glimpses into the richness and diversity of cinema in East Asia’.

The East Asia Film Festival Ireland runs at the Irish Film Institute, Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th April.

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Festival Co-organiser + Artistic & Programme Director: Marie-Pierre Richard
Festival Co-organiser + Academic Liaison Officer: Maria O’Brien

Festival Guest of Honour
Extreme Light: Taiwanese Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing
臺灣電影攝影大師李屏賓特展
In a career that spans over three decades, Mark Lee Ping-Bing (b.1954, Taiwan) has distinguished himself as one of the world’s most gifted cinematographers. He contributed to the New Taiwanese Cinema of the 1980s at which time he began a prolific and long-time collaboration with master director Hou Hsiao-Hsien (our esteemed festival guest last year). Mark Lee has also collaborated with renowned directors Wong Kar-Wai, Tran Anh Hung, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Ann Hui and Sylvia Chang, and his work has won him numerous international honours. He has over 70 films and 21 international awards to his credit. He was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2016 Berlinale for Crosscurrent; the APSA Award for Achievement in Cinematography at the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards for The Assassin (2015); the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 for In the Mood for Love, as well as the Golden Horse Film Award (Taiwan) and 2000 Asia Pacific Film Festival Award (China) for Best Cinematography.

Described by Daniel Eagan of Film Comment, Mark Lee is a ‘ defining force in Asian cinema’ with ‘an uncanny grasp of artificial and natural lighting’ developed through his training at Taiwan’s Central Motion Pictures Company (https://www.filmcomment.com/blog/interview-mark-lee-ping-bing/ Daniel Eagan, June 20, 2016).

The subject of a MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art) retrospective of his work in 2016, Mark Lee’s ‘exquisite presentation of light, shadow, and color; graceful camera movement; and arresting compositions bring cinematography’s central role in the creation of motion pictures to the forefront.’ (https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/1644?locale=en ‘Luminosity: The Art of Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing’)

Our strand Extreme Light: Taiwanese Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing offers rare screenings of five films spanning Mark Lee’s career: In the Mood for Love (2000) our Gala Opening Film; Tian Zhuangzhuang’s remake of Fei Mu’s classic 1948 film Springtime in a Small Town (2002); Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s astounding Three Times (2005); Let the Wind Carry Me (2010) a documentary portrait of Mark Lee; and the Irish première of Mark Lee’s latest work Seventy-Seven Days by Zhao Hantan (2017); as well as four post-screening Q&As with Mark Lee and, with the support of Screen Training Ireland a masterclass with Mark Lee Ping-Bing on Saturday 7 April led by Irish cinematographer Tim Fleming, the Irish Society of Cinematographers (ISC).

Our festival Gala Opening on Thursday 5 April is a rare screening on 35mm of a masterwork of cinematic atmosphere, Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love, followed by a Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing. The film is set in 1962 and depicts the intersecting lives of Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li Zhen (Maggie Cheung), two neighbours who learn over time that their spouses are having an affair. Suffused with longing, In the Mood for Love is a paean to a Hong Kong of the past and a love that might have been. Mark Lee Ping-Bing won the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 for In the Mood for Love, as well as the Golden Horse Film Award (Taiwan) and 2000 Asia Pacific Film Festival Award (China) for Best Cinematography.

The festival will also present the Irish premières of two new features by award winning South Korean director Hong Sang-Soo: On the Beach at Night Alone and Claire’s Camera; the multi-awarded Hsin-Yao Huang’s delightful first feature The Great Buddha+; Ai Weiwei’s unmissable migration crisis film Human Flow with an introduction by Dr Dave Robbins, assistant professor in journalism at DCU; and our closing film Ramen Shop, the latest family saga by Singaporean director Eric Khoo.

Also included are a selection of six animation short films which has been curated by Dr Chi-Sui Wang (王綺穗), Curator, KuanDu International Animation Festival (KDIAF) and Associate Professor, Taipei National University of the Arts. This is presented in association with KDIAF and the Animation Department, Taipei National University of the Arts.

As well as two Special Events:
– Chinese Cinema; Sites of Translation: In conversation with Professor Chris Berry of King’s College London; Professor Chris Berry, a renowned academic in the field of Chinese language Film Studies will talk will talk about his experiences of working in the 1980s Chinese film industry and the complexity of translating cinematic works for a Western audience.
On Friday 6 April, 5.30–6.30pm at Trinity Centre for Literary Translation. Tickets/bookings-
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sitesof-translation-in-conversationwith-professor-chris-berrytickets-44096445656

– Family Film Screening: Monster Hunt 2 (捉妖记2) on Sunday 8 April, 11.00am at the Irish Film Institute.
We are delighted to partner with the Irish Film Institute for this special family screening of Monster Hunt 2 (捉妖记2) (Director: Raman Hui. 110 minutes. China, Hong Kong. 2018. Subtitled. Colour. D-Cinema). The film premièred at a Special Gala Screening, Berlinale International Film Festival 2018

For more information visit www.eaffi.ie

Press Contact
For more information, interview requests, and images contact John Kenny, CultureHead ([email protected]) and on mobile 086 070 0440; or Stephen Boylan ([email protected]) at the IFI on 01 6129448.

Festival Schedule

Thursday 5 April
4.00pm
Let the Wind Carry Me

6.00pm (Gala opening)
In the Mood for Love
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator Tara Brady, The Irish Times
Reception afterwards

Friday 6 April
5.30–6.30pm (special event Trinity Centre for Literary Translation)
Chinese Cinema; Sites of Translation;
In conversation with Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London

6.00pm
Springtime in a Small Town
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator John Maguire, Sunday Business Post

9.00pm
Claire’s Camera (Irish Première)

Saturday 7 April
12.00 noon
Masterclass: Mark Lee Ping-Bing
In conversation with Tim Fleming, Irish Society of Cinematographers (ISC)

2.20pm
Human Flow
Introduced by Dr David Robbins (DCU School of Communications)

5.15pm
Three Times
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator Prof. Chris Berry

8.15pm
The Great Buddha (Irish Première)

Sunday 8 April
11.00am Monster Hunt 2

3.20pm
On the Beach at Night Alone (Irish Première)

5.30pm
Seventy-Seven Days (Irish Premiere)
followed by Q&A with Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Moderator Prof. Chris Berry

8.20pm (closing film)
Ramen Shop (Irish Première)
EAST ASIA FILM FESTIVAL IRELAND (愛爾蘭 東亞 電影節)
5-8 April 2018 (2018 4月5~8日)