Li Yu (director)
|Pinyin||Lǐ Yù (Mandarin)|
December 2, 1973 |
Li Yu (born December 2, 1973) is a female Chinese film director and screenwriter. Li began her career in entertainment at a young age, serving as a presenter at a local TV station. After college she worked for CCTV where she directed television programs before moving onto documentaries and, eventually, feature films.
Her feature film debut came with 2001's Fish and Elephant, purportedly the first mainland Chinese feature to tackle the subject of lesbianism. The film was screened abroad with some difficulty, but for the most part was not given an opportunity to screen before mainland Chinese audiences.
In 2007, Li Yu's most high profile film yet, Lost in Beijing premiered at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. The result was over a year of controversy with the Chinese Film Bureau over both the appropriateness of that screening and of the content of the film. Though briefly screened in a heavily edited state, the film was eventually banned outright, though it was given limited releases abroad, including in the United States.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Notes|
|1997||Stay and Hope||守望||documentary|
|1998||Honor and Dreams||光荣与梦想||documentary|
|2001||Fish and Elephant||今年夏天||Feature film debut|
|2005||Dam Street||红颜||2006 Golden Lotus winner|
|2007||Lost in Beijing||苹果|
- Wu Yiqing (2007-12-11). "Li Yu's Forbidden Fruit". Beijing Review. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Lost in Beijing Press Kit". New Yorker Films. Retrieved 2008-01-28.[dead link]
- Kraicer, Shelly (2002-05-23). "Fish and Elephant: review by Shelly Kraicer". Chinesecinemas.org. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Xinhua News Agency (2006-03-13). "China's "Dam Street" wins top prize in France's Asian Film Festival". English Eastday. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Post Card and Buddha Mountain win at Tokyo International Film Festival
- Li Yu at the Internet Movie Database
- Li Yu at AllMovie
- February, 2007: "Li Yu, Filmmaker," from The Hollywood Reporter