TO LIVE TO SING
Spotlight on ChinaJohnny Ma
Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe, living and performing together in a rundown theatre located in the outskirts of Chengdu, China. When she receives the notice of demolition for the theatre, Zhao Li hides the news from everyone else, fearing that this could spell the end of her opera troupe: besides demolition, it’s the life of her “family” that is at stake. As she struggles to search for a new theatre for them to both sing and live in, the opera and its fantastic characters slowly begin to seep into her real world...
The film is led by an empathetic and passionate performance from Zhao Xiaoli who plays Zhao Li, the troupe leader. In real life, she is the actual leader of this very opera troupe, whose members play fictionalized versions of themselves. She is a ‘Tiger Mom,’ tried and true, who constantly berates her performers, but can also immediately switch to wholly heartbreaking and compassionate at the bat of an eye.
TO LIVE TO SING world premiered at the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Johnny Ma (OLD STONE), he continues to explore themes of the high cost of compassion in an ever-changing modern urban China, putting salt of the earth characters in the forefront and examining their failing fortunes as China’s pursuit for global supremacy leaves them behind.
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