Returning at the end of the month (27 November-3 December) the De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU) led festival named ‘Electric Shadows’ will include a screening programme of the latest films from Greater China at Showcase Cinema in Leicester.

It will also host a programme of events, including free Mandarin lessons, heritage performances and Tai-Chi lessons, concluding with an industry networking event at the Phoenix, Leicester.

A dynamic series of films have been selected for this year’s festival, a collaboration between DMU’s School of Humanities and Performing Arts and the CI at the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, in partnership with UK-China Film Collab (UCFC).

FULL PROGRAMME

Opening Film | Monday 27 November 19:30

Football Youth (2023) UK Premiere

A feel-good film about how a group of students who have lost ambition in school eventually found their aspiration again from playing in a football team.

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Day 2 | Tuesday 28 November 16:00

The Ex-Files 4 (2023)

The Ex-Files 4 tells the story of two best buddies, Meng Yun and Yu Fei stumble their way through marriage while Meng Yun has trouble finding the right one and Yu Fei is dealing with a trial marriage. This 4th installment of the No.1 Rom-com franchise in China shows the diverse perspectives towards marriage among young people in a light-hearted and supplicated way, seeking to resonate deeply with the grand audience with the universal dilemma of marriage.

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Day 3 | Wednesday 29 November 16:00

reFashioned (2021)

In post-industrial Hong Kong, the landfills are close to capacity, neighbouring mainland China has closed the door on importing recycling from other countries and consumer purchasing fervour shows no signs of slowing down in the region. “reFashioned” follows the stories of three entrepreneurial innovators taking steps to motivate the fashion industry to evolve in the face of such adversity.

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Day 4 | Thursday 30 November 16:00

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

The story revolves around a murderous neighbourhood gang, a poor village with unlikely heroes and an aspiring gangster’s fierce journey to find his true self.

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Day 5 | Saturday 1 December 16:00

Till Love Do Us Part (2022)

Middle-class professor Shu seemingly has it all. With a successful career and a wedding on the way, from the outside she seems to have the perfect life. On a work excursion to Prague, she meets bohemian theatre director Fan and her comfortable, if uninspiring life, is turned upside down. As Fan says, ‘the script of life changes all the time’, and Shu’s life transforms in ways she didn’t believe was possible. Til Love Do Us Part thoughtfully explores love, heartbreak and one woman’s road to finding herself in modern Chinese society.

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Day 6 |Saturday 2 December 16:00

Lost in the Stars (2023)

The story revolves around a murderous neighbourhood gang, a poor village with unlikely heroes and an aspiring gangster’s fierce journey to find his true self.

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Day 7 | Industry Event | Sunday 3 December 12:00 – 14:00

“Business and Creative Opportunities in China for Leicester filmmakers”

Phoenix Cinema

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Day 7 | Family Friendly | Sunday 3 December 14:00

The Legend of Sealed Books (2022)

Yuangong, the deacon, opened the shrine and exposed the holy book to the human world. He also carved the contents of the book on the stone wall of white cloud cave in the mountains. He is now punished to guard the book for life by the jade emperor for breaking heaven’s law and betraying the holy secret to human. In order to pass this holy book to human beings, he would have to get by the antagonist fox.

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Is There a Future for the 'Chinese School of Animation'?

 

Closing Film | Sunday 3 December 16:00

Snow Leopards and Friends (2022)

It’s midwinter in the mountains of the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau, four kilometres up, and airless. This is the home of the rare snow leopard, the spirit of the Himalayas. Isolated yak herders have battled snow leopards, bears and wolves for generations; these are old animosities. In 2006, the area became a reserve, and a gun ban was strictly enforced. The herders have no way to protect their yak, and start losing 10% of their calves each year. What to do?

Post-screening Q&A with co-director and editor Mark Fletcher 

Mark Fletcher’s great-grandfather was an African adventurer, eaten by a lion in Uganda. Mark, instead, was a child puppeteer, clocking up over a thousand live performances across the UK. Many animation films in super8 and 16mm were followed by working in TV commercials in school holidays. He studied Joint Hons. Zoology and Psychology at Bristol University. His chief interest still is animal cognition and behaviour. Mark has been a wildlife film editor and writer for over 25 years, working with most of the leading wildlife filmmakers, as well as making his own films. Films he has produced, edited or written have won well over 20 Emmys, and many other awards.

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