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China

China

This collection includes OVID's films from mainland China, many are from dGenerate Films, which specializes in distributing bold and independent films from China.

Films from Hong Kong and Taiwan are found in their respective collections.

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  • Egg and Stone

    Directed by Huang Ji • Drama • With Xiao Pin-gao, Liu Xiao-lin, Yao Hong-gui, Yixiang Huang, Baiyu Yao • 2016 • 98 minutes

    Huang Ji's brave personal film is one of the most auspicious debuts in recent Chinese cinema. Set in her home village in rural Hunan province, EGG AND STONE is a powerful au...

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    Directed by Hu Bo • Drama • With Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang • 2018 • 230 minutes

    Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this furious tale of nihilistic rage. While protecting his friend from a dangerous school bully, 16-yea...

  • Female Directors

    Directed by Yang Mingming • Documentary • 2012 • 43 minutes

    Ah-Ming and Yueyue are two out-of-work film school grads living in Beijing who decide to turn the camera on each other and make a film about their lives.

    On the surface, FEMALE DIRECTORS is the ultimate documentary for the age of overs...

  • Fengming, a Chinese Memoir

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2017 • 184 minutes

    Often cited as one of the great documentary achievements, Wang Bing’s dazzling tour-de-force — a gripping monologue recounting five decades in the life of a once-ardent socialist in the new China — is a testament to the power of oral histo...

  • Ghost Town

    Directed by Zhao Dayong • Documentary • 2012 • 169 minutes

    A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence.

    Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in a rugged corner of Yunnan Province, Lisu and Nu...

  • Girls Always Happy

    Directed by Yang Mingming • Drama • With Yang Mingming, Nai An • 2018 • 116 minutes

    Rising Chinese director Yang Mingming both directs and stars in GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY – a mother-daughter story that goes for the jugular.

    Wu (Yang Mingming) and her mother (Nai An) live in a Beijing hutong – an ol...

  • The Iron Ministry

    Directed by J. P. Sniadecki • Documentary • 2014 • 83 minutes

    Filmed over three years on China's railways, J. P. Sniadecki's masterful documentary traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journey...

  • Jinpa

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Jinpa, Genden Phuntsok, Sonam Wangmo • 2019 • 87 minutes

    This is a story of revenge and redemption.

    On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep chances upon a young man who is hi...

  • Late Summer

    Directed by Yi Cui • Documentary • 2016 • 13 minutes

    LATE SUMMER captures a centuries-old Beijing theatre in its incarnation as a modern-day transient space.

  • Lost Course

    Directed by Jill Li • Documentary • 2020 • 180 minutes

    Embedding herself in the village of Wukan, southern China for several years starting in 2011, first time documentarian Jill Li witnessed an unprecedented experiment in local democracy. Corrupt officials had illegally sold villagers' land, bu...

  • Hu Bo's Man in the Well

    Directed by Hu Bo • Drama • With Tieguang Gao, Xiaoqian Zhang, Yiji Zhao • 2017 • 16 minutes

    Apocalypse. Two starving kids find a dead body in the ruins… Notes from Bela Tarr during 2017 FIRST training camp “They asked me to choose a ‘best student’ from these participants. But I don’t like the w...

  • My Father's House

    Directed by Zhao Dayong • Documentary • 2011 • 77 minutes

    The troubled story of an underground church founded by Nigerian missionaries offers a rare glimpse inside an immigrant African community in China.

    In Nigeria, Pastor Daniel Michael Enyeribe has a revelation to bring the word of God to Ch...

  • The Observer

    Directed by Rita Andreetti • Documentary • 2019 • 78 minutes

    In August 2014, the 11th Beijing Independant Film Festival was shut down after repeated threats from local authorities. The government wouldn't tolerate the screening of some 'sensitive' works, particularly a historical documentary cal...

  • Of Shadows

    Directed by Yi Cui • Documentary • 2016 • 79 minutes

    OF SHADOWS is set in the unique landscape of China’s Loess Plateau, where the shadow play, as an enigmatic art form, has entertained people and deities for centuries. The film follows a lively and resilient group of shadow play performers as t...

  • Outcry and Whisper

    Directed by WEN Hai and ZENG Jinyan • Documentary • 2020 • 100 minutes

    A performance artist approaches a dais with a quiet formality, then proceeds to slowly and deliberately slice a series of cuts into her face with a razor. A doctoral student/filmmaker, under house arrest and constant surveill...

  • Oxhide

    Directed by LIU Jiayin • Documentary • 2005 • 110 minutes

    Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

    Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her p...

  • Oxhide II

    Directed by Liu Jiayin • Drama • With Liu Jiayin, Huifen Jia, Zaiping Liu • 2012 • 132 minutes

    Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.

    Building on the stunning visi...

  • Paths of the Soul

    Directed by Zhang Yang • Drama • With Tsring Chodron, Tsewang Dolkar, Jiangcuo Seba • 2016 • 117 minutes

    An astonishing journey of redemption, faith, and devotion. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yang ( Shower, Getting Home ) blurs the border between documentary and fiction to follow a...

  • The Questioning

    Directed by Zhu Rikun • Documentary • 2013 • 21 minutes

    'Early in the morning on July 24th, 2012, after meeting some friends in Hongkong, I drove a car of my brother back to Shenzhen and got Guo Feixiong and three other friends who take part in human rights protection to the car and went on driv...

  • The Search

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Zong Zhi, Manla Jiepu, Dobe Dorje, Drolma Gyab, Lumo Tso • 2013 • 105 minutes

    A director, his assistant, and a businessman drive through the Amdo region of Tibet, scouring small villages to find actors for their adaptation of the namthar of Drime Kunden, an...

  • Spark

    Directed by Hu Jie • Documentary • 2019 • 114 minutes

    SPARK opens by the side of a road in Lanzhou City, northwestern China, as trucks rumble through a blasted hillside. An elderly man walks along the dusty road and pauses to point to a nearby spot—the former execution grounds. “They executed ma...

  • Summer Pasture

    Directed by Lynn True & Nelson Walker III • Documentary • 2010 • 85 minutes

    Summer Pasture is a feature-length documentary that chronicles one summer with a young family amidst a period of great uncertainty. Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter, nicknamed Jiatomah ('pale chubby girl')...

  • Ta'ang

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2016 • 147 minutes

    Director Wang Bing brings his careful eye to the mountainous border-region of northeastern Myanmar in Ta’ang, a powerful and revealing observational documentary that follows members of the Ta’ang minority as they flee to China to escape an...

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2013 • 238 minutes

    Within the gates of an isolated mental institution in in southwest China's Yunnan province, patients are confined to one single floor of a building. Once locked in, with little contact from the outside world, anything goes.

    The facility's...