Film | China Art Film Festival: American Tour and Talks for Pema Tseden's Jinpa

The "BCAF China Art Film Fund" was honored to organize the "China Art Film Festival,” which was held throughout the United States from October 2019 to February 2020. The festival invited filmmakers Zhang Lu, Pema Tseden, Hu Bo, Lou Ye, Diao Yinan, and other directors to visit the United States to present and discuss their work.

Directors and Films:
Fukuoka by Zhang Lu
Jinpa by Pema Tseden
An Elephant Sitting Still by Hu Bo
Saturday Fiction by Lou Ye
The Wild Goose Lake by Diao Yinan

Cooperating organizations include: New York Film Festival, Film at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, Yale University, New York University, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Metrograph, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, University of Chicago, San Francisco Film Society, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, KimStim, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Laemmle Theatres.

Pema Tseden

Chinese Tibetan film director, screenwriter and writer. He has published a collection of Tibetan and Chinese novels, such as Enticement, The Silent Holy Stones, Tharlo, Jinpa, and Black Gold Teeth. His works have been translated into many languages and published overseas, winning various literary awards.

His main films include: The Silent Holy Stones, The Search, Old Dog, The Sacred Arrow, Tharlo, Jinpa, and Balloon. Because of their in-depth and detailed descriptions of his hometown, people have a new understanding of Tibetan culture and its living conditions. His films have won dozens of domestic and foreign awards, including the award for Best Screenplay at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy, the Best Film award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in the United States, the Best Film award of the Tokyo Filmex International Film Festival in Japan, the award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, the Best Film award of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France, and the Best Screenwriter award at the Chicago International Film Festival in the United States.

Tours and Director Talks in the United States

Freer and Sackler Art Gallery, Washington, D.C
11.1 Friday 19:00
Jinpa screening and talk

Here Now Space, New York
11.5 Tuesday 19:00
Workshop on the English version of Pema Tseden’s novel collection Enticement: Author and translator

BCAF, together with the Institute of Contemporary Tibetan Studies of Columbia University and the Latse Library, invited writer and director Pema Tseden to have a talk with translator Michael Monhart. The talk was moderated by Annabella Pitkin. The discussion explored the are of writing and translation through considering the short stories of Pema Tseden. After the meeting, Pema Tseden participated in a book signing.

Boston, Harvard University, Fairbank Center
11.8 Friday 18:00-20:00
Jinpa screening and talk

New Haven, Yale University, Whitney Center for the Humanities
11.10 Sunday 19:00
Jinpa screening and talk


China/88 minutes/2018
Tibetan with English subtitles
Director: Pema Tseden
Plot: Jinpa is adapted from the short story Killer by the Tibetan writer Tserenlop and the short story of the same name by the director himself. It tells a story of revenge interlaced with dream and reality.

Jinpa is the latest film by the Chinese Tibetan film director Pema Tseden, and it has won high  praise from the international industry. The film was supervised by director Wong Kar-wai and won the Best Screenplay award of the Horizons section of the 75th Venice Film Festival. The internationally renowned media Cinema Scope has praised the film as "a mythic-epic…that expands the range of Pema Tseden’s cinematographic vision in exhilarating and provocative ways.” Audiences have also commended the movie as thought-provoking, humorous, and eye pleasing.