busy bee 发表于 2008-2-21 11:19

请大家支持Up the Yangtze

-Peter Howell, TORONTO STAR


-John Anderson, VARIETY

is the top grossing 35mm film in Canada this week, in per-screen average!   

-Opens this Friday the 22nd in Montreal at the AMC Forum!
-Opens Friday, March 7th at the Quartier Latin!(sous-titres français)
-Held over in Vancouver at The Ridge Cinema!
-Held over in Toronto at the Cumberland Cineplex!
(Director Yung Chang and producers will be at Montreal screenings for Q and A sessions)

(More screenings + times below)


In China, the mighty Yangtze is known simply as “The River.” It is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, the Three Gorges Project.At the river’s edge, a girl named Yu Shui says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. She is leaving to work on a cruise line that takes tourists on a "Farewell to the Three Gorges Tour", where visitors get to wave goodbye to 5000 years of civilization. It's "The Love Boat" meets "Apocalypse Now". The Three Gorges Dam — contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle — provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside modern China. 95 minutes, 35mm. Named one of Canada's Top Ten Films, winner of best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver Film Festival, UP THE YANGTZE opens its theatrical run in Canada on February 8th, 2008. Presented in glorious 35mm in Dolby 5.1 Surround , UP THE YANGTZE is a cinematic immersion in China's rapidly changing landscape. Please show your support by coming out OPENING WEEKEND. Documentaries don't last long in theaters without your SUPPORT!

Toronto: HELD OVER 3rd WEEK, Cumberland Cineplex
Show times: 12:15 / 2:40/ 5:05 / 7:35/ 10:00, 159 Cumberland St. (at Avenue Rd.)tel. (416) 964-9359 (open run)

Vancouver: HELD OVER 2nd WEEK, Feb 15, The Ridge Theater
Show times: 2:30 / 7:00 / 9:00 (Open Run), 3131 Arbutus St, at 16th Ave,(604) 738-6311 (open run)

Montreal: OPENING WEEKEND February 22, AMC Forum, Metro Atwater (at Ste Catherine)
Showtimes:Fri - 2:50, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30.Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:50,5:20,7:55, 10:30. (514) 904-1250 (open run)
Starts March 7th at the Quartier Latin (French subtitles) (514) 849-4422 (open run)

Calgary: Open run starts Friday Feb.29th - Landmark Globe Cinema, 617-8 Avenue S.W.
Ottawa: Limited engagement begins February 29th: BYTOWNE -325 Rideautel. (613) 789-3456
Victoria: Open run starts Friday March 7th - Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas, 780 Yates Street

More screenings:
February 22-March 1, Salmon Arm Film Festival, Salmon Arm, BC
plays Sat.Feb.23 @ 10:30am @ Salmar Grand Theatre
plays Sat.Feb.23 @ 7pm @ Salmar Classic Theatre
February 22 - Port Moody Film Society Canadian Film Festival (www.pmfilm.ca)
February 27- Village 8 Cinemas, Whistler, BC, 7pm and 9pm, 4295 Blackcomb Way
February 28-March 2 - Kingston Canadian Film Festival
March 6-9 - London Canadian Film Festival (www.londoncanfilmfest.ca)
March 7-13 - Princess Cinemas, Waterloo, ON
March 24 - Cine-Club Laval, Quebec (French version)
March 27 - MUN Cinema Series, Memorial University, St.John's, NFLD
March 28 - April 2 - Cinematheque Winnipeg, 304-100 Arthur Street, (204)-925-3458
March 28 - April 2 - Guelph, ON The Bookstore Cinema, 41 Quebec Street, (519) 821-3311
April 3 - Sackville Film Society, Vogue Cinema, Sackville, NB
April 4 - Vallican Whole Community, Vallican, BC
April 10 - Cape Breton Island Film Series, Empire Sydney Theatres, Sydney, NS
April 14 - Oakville, ON, OAKVILLE ARTS COUNCIL, Mews Cinemas 171 Speers Road
April 14 - Nakusp, BC, Nakusp Bonnington Arts Centre
April 20 - Rossland, BC, Rossland Miner's Hal
April 26 - CNC Theatre Film Group, College of New Caladonia, Prince George, BC
April 30 - Kelowna, BC, Paramount Kelowna, 261 Bernard Avenue, 7:00
May 7 - Galaxy Theatre, Brockville, ON
May 12 - Red Deer, Alberta, Park Plaza Theatre, 5214-47th Avenue
May 21 - Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Acadia Cinema, 450 Main Street

U.S. release is slated for April 2008 by Zeitgeist Films

EyeSteelFilm 4475 St. Laurent, #202Montreal, QuebecCANADAH2W 1Z8tel: +1 (514) 937-4893 -- fax +1 (514) 313-7383 www.eyesteelfilm.com

fengfeng 发表于 2008-2-22 11:57

Today Gazette's rating: 4 stars

Farewell to a river world

On the face of it, a feature documentary about a hydroelectric dam in China does not sound like the most exciting of films. But Montreal director Yung Chang's Up the Yangtze is completely captivating - and anything but a dull slice of pedagogical filmmaking - because Chang wisely focuses on the personal in this look at the fallout from the absurdly ambitious Three Gorges Dam project.

That tack is precisely why the film produced by Montreal indie heroes EyeSteelFilm and the National Film Board is already pulling in big crowds in Toronto and Vancouver, and is likely going to do the same here at the AMC Forum.

At the start, Chang's narration notes that the dam is the largest hydroelectric project in the world and the flooding caused by the project is expected to force the relocation of at least two million people.

"Imagine the Grand Canyon being turned into a Great Lake," Chang drily notes.

Chang hones in on one young woman, 16-year-old Yu Shui, and shows how her life is changed forever by the rising waters. Her family, who are subsistence farmers toiling on the banks of the Yangtze, are amongst the millions being dislocated by the project, and, like so many, they are about to lose all of their income once the flood waters wash away the land they farm.

That's why Yu Shui takes a job in the kitchen of one of the luxury cruise ships that ferries Western tourists up the Yangtze for one last bizarre farewell tour of the historic sites that are set to disappear forever.

It's not an easy transition for this ultra-shy country girl who is struggling to learn English, pick up basic service-industry skills and adjust to living on her own for the first time in her life.

Chang juxtaposes the pampered lifestyle of the tourists whooping it up on the cruise liner with the deadening poverty of Yu Shui's family back home on the shore. But his is a nuanced approach to the politics. He doesn't sledgehammer you with the message but rather lets the real-life stories - and stunning images - speak for themselves.

Director of photography Wang Shi Qing beautifully shoots this magnificent river and the countryside around it, but there is a sense of Apocalypse Now/Heart of Darkness foreboding as the ship makes its way upriver, a feeling of dread underlined by French composer Olivier Alary's evocative score.

The dam and the strange tourist trade that has sprung up around it are symbols of the economic miracle that is radically reshaping China, and Up the Yangtze is a timely reminder, as the Beijing Olympics approach, that there is often a terrible human toil to be paid for this kind of industrial progress.

"Things are changing for the better," says one of the managers on the cruise ship.See the film and make up your own mind.

The producers of the film have created a fund to raise money for Yu Shui's family. For more information on the fund, consult the website www.givemeaning.com/project/yufam.


Up the Yangtze

Rating 4


Playing at: AMC cinema.

Parents' guide: for all.
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