A selection of recent Chinese films will show Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. The films are sponsored by the UNL Confucius Institute. Also showing at the Ross is Mike Birbiglia’s heartfelt comedy “Sleepwalk with Me.”
Admission to the Chinese film festival is free. For a complete schedule, go to http://www.theross.org. Films showing are:
“Confucius” — Stars Chow Yun-Fat (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) as the legendary hero Confucius, a man who lead the kingdom of Lu in battle against warmongering neighbor Qi.
“Sacrifice” — A lavish period drama inspired by the classic stage play “Orphan of Zhao” which tells the tale of a Yuan Dynasty prince whose fate will determine the future of the entire nation.
“A Simple Life” — Ah Tao, a servant to the Leung family for nearly 60 years, suffers a stroke and decides to quit her job to move into a local nursing home. Roger, the man she cared for since he was a boy, takes it upon himself to help Ah Taoadjust to her new life. As Ah Tao’s life deteriorates, roles reverse with Roger taking charge of her.
The film “Sleepwalk with Me” stars comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia in an autobiographically inspired debut. The story is about a comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
“I’m going to tell you a story and it’s true… I always have to tell people that,” so asserts Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
For more information, including show times, go to http://www.theross.org or call 402-472-5353.
More details at: http://go.unl.edu/unlross