Admission Policy

Complimentary for Current Members

Guest (Non-Members)
at the door

Doors Open
9:00 AM

Screening Start
9:30 AM

Coachella Valley Premiere

Saturday - February 16, 2008
Doors Open for Complimentary Refreshments at 9:00 AM
Film Begins Promptly at 9:30 AM
Camelot Theatres
2300 Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA


Based on Wrier/Director Yang Zhang’s personal experiences, SUNFLOWER revolves around the relationship between a father and son in an ordinary Beijing family.  The son’s name “Xiangyang” means “Facing the Sun”.  His father gave him the name at birth in 1967 because sunflowers were growing outside the door of their courtyard home.  Centered on the tensions and misunderstandings between father and son, the film focuses on three particular years in their lives: 1976, 1987 and 1999.

Toronto International Film Festival; Chicago International Film Festival; San Sebastian Film Festival; Pusan International Film Festival - Window on Asian Cinema; Hong Kong International Film Festival; Bangkok International Film Festival, - Windows on the World; Tokyo International Film Festival; Pacific Rim Film Festival
San Sebastián International Film Festival, Best Cinematography; Silver Seashell Best Director, Yang Zhang

“With a commanding performance by Sun Haiying as the unbending, ornery father, and a glammed-down Joan Chen remarkable as the boy's devoted mom, pic serves up solid dramatic values instead of being yet another panorama of social and political changes in China during the late 20th century.”

“Sunflower” parallels the upheavals in Zhang Yang’s life with those of his country, exploring the tension between tradition and modernity with insight and intimacy.”  NY Times

Distributor: New Yorker Films
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 129 Minutes
Country: Hong Kong/China/Netherlands
Language: Mandarin w/English Subtitles

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