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I Am Not Madame Bovary

Superstar actress Fan Bingbing stars in this searing and fearless satirical comic drama about a cafe owner’s epic battle with the bureaucracy over the wrongs of her swindling ex-husband. As she doggedly fights a “fake divorce” from the provincial courts all the way to Beijing, Li manages to flummox every male government functionary in her path to justice. FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto Film Festival and Golden Shell award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. “Sublime visual eloquence . . . part Scarlet Letter, part Keystone Cops, part miniature landscape painting—all with plot twists worthy of Thomas Hardy.”—Screen.

Reviews: Movie Mezzanine, Village Voice, Cinema Scope

Filmography: Back to 1942 (2012), Aftershock (2010), Assembly (2007), The Banquet (2006), A World Without Thieves (2004)

Other Films by Feng Xiaogang


Starting out in the 1970s, Feng Xiaogang’s film chronicles the joys and travails of a provincial military-arts troupe, People’s Liberation Army soldiers whose duty it is to promote culture, revolutionary values, music, and dance in support of the Cultural Revolution. At the center is Xiaoping, a dancer from Beijing with a painful family history. Due

Back to 1942

In 1942, Henan province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million people. Although the primary cause was a severe drought, the situation was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease, Kuomintang government corruption, and the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War. Like his