UFO IN HER EYES: Film Screening and Q&A with Xiaolu Guo
Thursday 26 January, 6:00-9:00pm
An event co-hosted by KCL Film Society and the King's China Institute.
Film screening (110m), followed by Q&A with Xiaolu Guo. Moderated by Dr Ralph Parfect, Assistant Director, King's China Institute.
Room S-2.18, Strand Building, Strand Campus
All welcome - no need to book.
About Xiaolu Guo
Xiaolu Guo is an award-winning film director and author who works internationally in China and Europe. Born in 1973 in China, she studied and taught at Beijing Film Academy before coming to the UK in 2002 to study at the National Film and Television School. Her early films include a feature-length documentary, The Concrete Revolution, and Far and Near, a short which won the Beck's Futures Student Prize for Film and Video in 2003. Two novels originally published in Chinese were translated and published in English, and she has also written A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007. Recent films include How Is Your Fish Today?, Once Upon a Time, Proletarian, and She, a Chinese, which won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009. Xiaolu Guo films on location in China and has also worked across Europe, including artist residencies in France, Germany and Scotland.
UFO in Her Eyes is both a novel, published in 2009, and a new film. The film uses satire to explore the political idiosyncrasies and the social impact of rapid commercialisation and urbanisation in a Chinese village. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. According to the TIFF programme notes: "Xiaolu Guo has created a vocabulary of her own, both visual and linguistic, that reflects her sense of being caught between Chinese and English, and her experience growing up during her home country’s wild transition from totalitarian enclave to the new shrine of global capitalism. An 'alien' at home and in the global intellectual elite, Guo is an ideal interpreter of the sense of alienation generated by social upheaval and globalization, phenomena for which UFO in her Eyes is a sophisticated and amusing metaphor."
Please see Xiaolu Guo's website for further details about the director and her work.
Synopsis of UFO IN HER EYES
"Simple woman Kwok Yun leads a peasant's life in the peaceful mountains around remote Three-Headed Bird Village. She lives with her grandfather and works as a laborer. She has no dreams of a different life, no great plans for the future.
"One day, after a countryside tryst with a married man, Kwok Yun sees a UFO - a giant glowing thing in the shape of a dumpling! Later that same day, she also helps a snake-bitten American businessman, who disappears as mysteriously as the UFO.
"The ambitious village leader Chief Chang uses Kwok Yun's unexpected events for political gain. She stimulates tourism with UFO tours and gets the local economy roaring with progress. Busy aspiring to strengthen relations with the USA, she is blind to the dangers such radical change can bring, especially to the environment.
"Kwok Yun is also transformed into the shining example of a "model peasant." She is promoted and groomed for a bright new future by pushy Chief Chang. But Kwok Yun's heart is whispering that she's destined for something more than the government's power-hungry plans..."