06-24 November 2019

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Spotlight on China

BALLOON (Qi Qiu)
BALLOON (Qi Qiu)

Pema TSEDEN
China
Feature film

On the Tibetan grasslands, a condom sparks a series of embarrassments and dilemmas within a traditional shepherding family. What matters more in the circle of life and death, soul or reality?

 

SO LONG, MY SON
SO LONG, MY SON

Xiaoshuai WANG
China
Feature film

SO LONG MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political, and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, the destinies of these families ebb and flow through time.

THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE

Yinan DIAO
China
Feature film

With a bounty on his head and every cop in Wuhan hunting for him, a career criminal flees to the lawless region around the Wild Goose Lake to evade capture. Showcasing his trademark flare and playfulness, director Diao Yinan (BLACK COAL, THIN ICE, HIFF 2014) crafts a powerful noir genre film showcasing the criminal underbelly and absurd contradictions of contemporary China. 

TO LIVE TO SING
TO LIVE TO SING

Johnny MA
China
Feature film

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. 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...

VORTEX
VORTEX

Jianyu GAN
China
Feature film

Liu has a gambling problem. Having exhausted all of his funds, and the money he’s borrowed from relatives, he is now deep in debt to gambling operators and loan sharks. With no way out of this jam, he is forced into the criminal underbelly to pay off his debt. But what seems a simple job, to steal a car and take it to the chop shop, quickly becomes complicated when a young girl is found in the trunk...

WUSHU ORPHAN
WUSHU ORPHAN

Huang HUANG
China
Feature film

In the 90s, Lu Youhong, a greenhorn teacher, lands his first job at a Wushu academy in remote inland China. As one of the most prestigious martial arts schools in the country, the students are expected to follow a strict curriculum. This seems to work fine for everyone, except a shy, introverted pupil named Zhang Cuishan. Can both teacher and student learn to conform to such traditional standards? Or can they pave their own path?

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