The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: AUSTRALIA, CHINA
Run Time: 86 minutes
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.
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
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.
CHINA LOVE (2018)
Olivia Martin-McGuire, Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton