First Night Nerves
This is a past event. Thursday, March 14 at 6:00pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
Presented by the 42nd Portland International Film Festival 2019. Directed by Stanley Kwan. Hong Kong/China.
Hong Kong’s Stanley Kwan returns to the director’s chair after a six-year hiatus with this soapy theater-world drama about two actresses—and former rivals—now at drastically different periods in their lives and careers. The classy recluse Xiuling (Sammi Cheng) quietly fears she’ll lose it all, while TV ingénue Yuwen (Gigi Leung) builds for a big break in a flailing film industry. The two rehearse for the new family drama from prominent director An Ouyang (Kam Kwok-leung) with hopes of gaining relevance and credibility respectively. With nods to Almodovar (Kwan is also Hong Kong’s first out gay director), the quirkily complex female leads and queer and trans characters allow the play-within-the-movie to slip off stage through tone and delivery into sometimes campy and sometimes melancholy behind-the-scenes moments where life imitates art (or at least the business of it). In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles. (100 mins.)