///BA WANG BIE JIE
Directed by Chen Kaige
171 min/China/Hong Kong/1993
A seemingly unshakable friendship between two Chinese opera stars gets put to the test in the face of war, a communist takeover, the Cultural Revolution and the intrusion of a woman who tempts both of them. In a plot that captures 50 years of Chinese history, the once-inseparable Duan Xiaolou and Cheng Dieyi find themselves increasingly at odds after Xiaolou weds a lovely courtesan.
Winner: Palme D’Or – 1993 Cannes Film Festival; Winner: FIPRESCI Prize – 1993 Cannes Film Festival; Winner: Best Foreign Language Film – 1994 Golden Globes; Nominated: Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film: 1994 Academy Awards
**Presented in partnership with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera as part of the Silk & Spices Festival