Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

China Love


Year: 2018
Run Time: 86 minutes

China Love
China Love
China Love
China Love

Before young Chinese couples get married, they take elaborate pre-wedding photographs comprising multiple outfit changes and whimsical settings. Such aspirational pictures are meant to reflect fulfilling the dream of pairing up and finding love—something still vitally important to Chinese parents—while symbolizing the rich life couples hope they have once they’re hitched. Yet in the revealing documentary CHINA LOVE, the economic prosperity exuded from these photos also illuminates the deep and sometimes painful generational divides that still exist in China, a country where such lavish displays were once banned. First-time director Olivia Martin-McGuire, an Australia-born photographer living in Shanghai, brings an intimate and sensitive touch to these cultural collisions. Via interviews with modern couples going through the courtship and wedding processes, as well as others who wed during more oppressive regimes. With behind-the-scenes glimpses of the world’s biggest pre-wedding photography company, CHINA LOVE examines the fascinating intersection of romantic pragmatism, economic prosperity, and historical traditions. (In English, Shanghainese, and Mandarin with subtitles) —A.Z.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 01, 2019 at 9:25 PM

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 12:05 PM

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Film Is Art
Pan-Asian Cinema

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Olivia Martin-McGuire

A Sydney, Australia native, Olivia Martin-McGuire is a photographer and filmmaker based in Shanghai. Her photography work has been featured in publications and for organizations around the globe.


Olivia Martin-McGuire, Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton

Bernadette Murray

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OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland Chapter

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