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Updated: 2006-01-24 16:21

Chinese Little Red Flowers world premieres at Sundance



Chinese Little Red Flowers world premieres at Sundance
the little hero in Red Little Flowers

Stars and heads of state mingled as the Sundance Film Festival opened its Salt Lake City screenings Friday night with agala.

This year's lone Chinese entry into the 2006 Sundance Film Festival (January 19-29) is the WorldPremiereof acclaimed director Zhang Yuan's Little Red Flowers, based upon a novel by Wang Shuo, one of the most famous novelists in China. It has been selected to participate in theWorld Competition section.

One of China's most popular and acclaimed 6th-generation filmmakers, Zhang returns after a long absence following the commercial success of his previous film Green Tea, starring superstars Jiang Wen and Zhao Wei,releasedin 2002. His previous works include award-winners such as the seminalBeijing Bastards(1992), the controversialEast Palace, West Palace(1996) and Venice Film Fest-winningSeventeen Years(1999),I Love You(2002).

Little Red Flowers tells the tale of a rebellious four-year-old named Qiang studying at a post-1949 Beijing kindergarten. Unable to conform yet longing for the accolade given to other students in the form of little red flowers, he instead uses his charm and wits to scheme against the teacher. The film is a contemporary satire that examines the inherent pressure of being forced to "fit" into the confines of a society.

Started by Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Film Festival has grown to become the most important American film festival for independent cinema. The World Competition section was added to the lineup in 2005.




gala:a festive occasion, especially a lavish social event or entertainment (盛会)

premiere:the first public performance, as of a movie or play (首映,尤指电影)

World Competition section:(世界电影参赛单元)

release:to issue for performance, sale, publication, or distribution (放映)

Beijing Bastards:《北京杂种》 (1992)

East Palace, West Palace:《东宫西宫》 (1996)

Senenteen Years:《过年回家》(1999)

I Love You:《我爱你》 (2002)


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