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Screening: Mao's Last Dancer

FILM SCREENING: Mao’s Last Dancer

NY NATAS members plus one adult guest are invited to attend a limited-seating screening from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ato Pictures of Mao’s Last Dancer.

Based on Li Cunxin’s best-selling autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer is the epic tale of a young poverty stricken boy from China and his inspirational journey to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer.

This invitation is non-transferable and you must receive an email response to attend!

RSVP by email only to Phyllis Bishop at You must include your name, current NY NATAS member number and preferred screening time in your email. Please specify if you are bringing a guest.

There are TWO screenings on Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Both screenings will be held at Cinema 1, Third Avenue at 60th Street
**Please join the line outside the cinema for check-in (Phyllis will be inside the screening room)

First Screening Arrival Time: 5:15 PM
First Screening Start Time: 6:00 PM

Second Screening Arrival Time: 8:00 PM
Second Screening Start Time: 8:30 PM

Directed by Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy)
Screenplay written by Jan Sardi (Shine, The Notebook)
Starring newcomer Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, making his impressive screen debut as Li Cunxin
Also starring Bruce Greenwood (Dinner for Schmucks, Star Trek and Thirteen Days), Kyle MacLachlan (The Smell of Success, “Desperate Housewives”), Joan Chen (Lust, Caution, The Last Emperor) and Amanda Schull (Center Stage, “One Tree Hill”)
Genre: Docudrama
Rated PG
Running Time: 117 minutes

Synopsis: The story begins when a young Li is taken from his peasant home by the Chinese government and chosen to study ballet in Beijing.  Separated from his family and enduring countless hours of practice, Li struggles to find his place in the new life he has been given.  Gaining confidence from a kind teacher’s encouraging guidance and a chance trip to America, Li finally discovers that his passion has always been dance.

Mao’s Last Dancer weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life.  The film poignantly captures the struggles, triumphs and the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile. The film showcases ballet sequences from acclaimed choreographer Graeme Murphy.

Organizer Phyllis Bishop


Tue, July 20, 2010
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern