Yang Lina

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A rare female voice in the male-dominated world of Chinese cinema and one of the country’s most remarkable and talented independent directors. We are very happy to welcome Yang Lina as a guest of the festival.


+ Reception
King's Foyer + Safra
May 12, 2016
6:00 pm

+ Yang Lina Q&A
BFI Southbank, NFT3
May 13, 2016
6:10 pm

+ Yang Lina Q&A
King's Safra
May 15, 2016
4:30 pm

Yang Lina is a self-taught filmmaker recognised as one of the most remarkable and talented independent directors to have emerged from China during the last two decades, and a rare female voice in the male-dominated world of Chinese cinema. Born in 1972 in Jilin, China, Yang trained and worked as a dancer, in theatre and as a television presenter for the first 10 years of her career, before she began making documentaries in 1996. Her 1999 film Old Men won top prize at a long list of festivals around the world, quickly marking her as a talent to watch. As well as starring in Jia Zhangke’s Platform in 2000, she went on to make other acclaimed works such as Home Video (2002), Let’s Dance Together (2007) and The Love story of Lao An (2008), all of which cemented her reputation as a creative and highly-accomplished director. As a skilled storyteller, in 2013 Yang Lina turned her talents to fiction filmmaking with Longing for the Rain, a challenging exploration of female sexuality in modern Chinese society. The film was nominated for prizes at International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Taipei Golden Horse Awards, and won a Special Mention at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.


As Director

Old Men (1999)
Home Video (2002)
Let’s Dance Together (2007)
My Neighors and their Japanese Ghosts (2008)
The Love story of Lao An (2008)
Wild Grass (2009)
The Temple (2013)
Longing for the Rain (2013)

As Actress

Platform (2000)

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