Selected as the closing night film at the Venice Film Festival, Hui’s modernist biopic tells the epic tale of Manchurian essayist and novelist Xiao Hong (1909–1941), one of the most radical and controversial Chinese female writers of the early twentieth century and an iconic historical figure. The film’s title signals the irony of the era through which Hong lived, one of the most turbulent times in Chinese history featuring a seismic shift from dynastic imperial rule to a modern state history. Through all this, Hong survives poverty, family chaos, the Japanese invasion in the 1930s, and post-war trauma. Hui’s intimate tale of history, love, loss, and poetry is beautifully brought to life by actress Wei Tang as the tenacious, enigmatic Xiao. This year’s Hong Kong submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco.

THE GOLDEN ERA screens Sunday, February 8 at 7pm at the Roseway Theater and Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30pm at Regal Fox Tower 10 as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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