Spotlight on Mary Stephen
Highlighting the career of acclaimed film editor Mary Stephen, selected films edited by her will be screening as part of the Women in Film programme.
Blind Mountain by Li Yang / China / 97 min / 2007 / M18
Li Yang's Blind Mountain unabashedly tackles the
issue of slavery. Young student Bai Xuemei is conned by traffickers and sold as
a wife to a remote village. Raped and beaten, she leads the life of a
child-bearer with no hope of escape. Eventually, help arrives, but such
assistance is illusory, and only indicates the beginning of another onslaught
About Li Yang:
Li Yang is a Chinese writer-director. He studied at the
Beijing Broadcasting Institute before moving to Germany, where he graduated
from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He worked on documentaries before
making his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Blind Shaft, a film about the dangerous mines in China. The film’s
critical portrayal resulted in a ban by China, which was subsequently lifted. His next film Blind Mountain premiered at the Cannes Film Festival under the Un
Certain Regard competition section.
About Mary Stephen:
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mary Stephen studied Communication Arts in Montreal, Canada. She started making and editing her own films before making the acquaintance of French New Wave director Éric Rohmer, with whom she began a long and fruitful collaboration, editing his films right up to his death in 2010. In recent years, Mary has worked as editor on numerous Chinese and Hong Kong productions, including Li Yang’s Blind Mountain (2007), Fan Lixin’s documentary Last Train Home (2009), Ann Hui’s Headmaster (2014/2015), and Jessey Tsang’s documentary Flowing Stories (2014). She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
About Women in Film
Women in Film features the voices and verve of women in an arena that has been traditionally dominated by men. In celebrating the achievements of women working in the film industry, this edition of the programme highlights the career of acclaimed film editor Mary Stephen alongside short and feature-length documentaries by women filmmakers.