Mao’s Last Dancer

Mao's Last DancerSeptember 7 – 9

Wed 5:50 8:15
Thur 5:50 8:15 – Last Show

(Australia / 2009 / dir by Bruce Beresford)

A crowd-pleasing triumph from director Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY, TENDER MERCIES, BLACK ROBE, BREAKER MORANT), this is the true story of Li Cunxin, who leaves behind a life of poverty in provincial China to become an international ballet star.
Based on his best-selling autobiography, the story begins in the early 1970’s, when the 11-year-old Li is plucked from his small town and sent to a grueling government-run ballet academy in Beijing. As a young adult, Li catches the eye of Ben Stevenson (Bruce Greenwood), the director of the Houston Ballet, and is whisked away to the US on a three month exchange program. Once in Texas, Li blossoms as a performer, but he feels his homeland, as well as the Chinese authorities, beckoning him. Cast includes Kyle MacLachlan and Joan Chen. In English and Mandarin with subtitles.
PG / 113 mins.
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