Chinese Films at Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (#VMDIFF20) has seven films from China – including one outstanding short film.

Several of these are presented as part of the Festival’s partnership with Shanghai International Film Festival, while ‘Balloon’ is nominated for the ICCL Human Rights Film Award for raising awareness and understanding of human rights through the medium of film.

‘Confucian Dream’ is part of our Silver Screen Specials selection of films, which are screening on weekdays from 2pm for the reduced ticket price of €7 for senior (65+) film lovers.

The makers of ‘Send Me to the Clouds’ will attend the screening of their film – making this an unmissable event at #VMDIFF20. Stretching across drama, documentary and shorts, there has never been a more exciting selection of Chinese films at the Festival.

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020: 26 February – 8 March

12 days. 50 countries. 100+ films

Check out the full programme at diff.ie

If You Are Happy

27 Feb 2020

In a culture where people buy expensive homes in a community with a good school to secure a better future for their children, a Shanghai professor is in a frantic race against time to do so for his daughter. If You Are Happy plays both as a thriller and an observation of how we live now.

Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership

Spring Tide

27 Feb 2020

Filmmaker Yang Lina looks at three generations of the one family – and by extension three very different periods in Chinese history – in her tale of a woman pulled between the needs of her mother and daughter. Family ties, obligations and secrets rise to the surface in this tensely woven drama.

Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership

The Sound of Dali

28 Feb 2020

Zhang Yang’s sumptuous, lovingly filmed documentary looks at the sights, sounds and senses of Dali through the course of various seasons. A film about the rhythm of nature and the power of beauty in the everyday, it’s a poignant reminder of what is ours – and what is ours to lose.

Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership

Send Me to the Clouds

28 Feb 2020

One woman’s pursuit of pleasure in very difficult circumstances is the subject of this witty feminist comedy/drama. By telling the story through the eyes of its central character, a woman who hasn’t opted for marriage or parenthood, it also focuses on China’s so-called “Leftover” women in their late twenties.

Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership

Filmmakers in attendance.

Confucian Dream (Silver Screen Specials)

4 Mar 2020

A young mother becomes fixated with the process of Confucianism – an ancient Chinese system of thought and behaviour. Its aim is to promote harmony, but her desire to instil the belief in her young child leads to fractious family clashes, in an already challenging home life, in this observational Chinese documentary.

Part of Silver Screen Specials: films screening weekdays from 2pm. Reduced ticket price of €7 for senior (65+) film lovers.

She Runs – part of Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Shorts #6

6 Mar 2020

In an ordinary Chinese winter, a small city junior high student, Yu, tries to quit her school aerobic dancing team.

Balloon

7 Mar 2020

Two young boys have found what they believe to be balloons in their family home, making for new playthings. It emerges they are condoms in a beautifully rendered, critically acclaimed drama, set in 1980s Tibet, which looks at politics, China’s family size policy, individual autonomy and spirituality.