“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” a 2011 Chinese-American film directed by Wayne Wang, will be screened Friday, June 7, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
The film is based on Lisa See’s novel set in 19th century Hunan that follows the lives of Lily and Snow Flower from the time they became laotong (“old sames”) as little girls. The laotong relationship continued independently of marriage, children or the changing fortunes of life, giving women someone to depend on in a world run by men who regarded women as property.
The tradition-laden story of Snow Flower (Gianna Jun) and Lily (Li Bingbing) is combined with a parallel present-day story set in Shanghai of best friends Sophia (Jun) and Nina (Li). The cinematography and costuming are beautiful. Additional actors include Hugh Jackman, Vivian Wu, Jiang Wu, Russell Wong and Hu Jingyun.