Spotlight on China

RETURN TO DUST

In the small, rural village in Gaotai, two lonely, middle-aged people—Cao, a timid woman suffering from chronic illness and a disability, and Ma, an unassuming farmer with little to his name—are pushed into an arranged marriage by their respective families. Cast aside as burdens, Cao and Ma’s relationship is tepid at first but warms as …

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STONEWALLING

20 year-old Lynn is told she needs English classes, flight attendant school, and a go getter-attitude. She perseveres along this path of upward mobility until she finds out she’s pregnant. Indecisive and running out of time, she tells her boyfriend she’s had an abortion and instead returns to her feuding parents and their failing clinic …

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ONE AND FOUR

Sanggye is a reclusive ranger in a Tibetan mountain forest living an increasingly hungry and alcoholic life. His isolated cabin does little to keep out the frigid winter, or the poachers and cop chasing them. The problem is, who’s who in this Quentin Tarantino-tinged (think HATEFUL EIGHT) suspense mystery. However, first-time Tibetan director Jigme Trigley …

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BEFORE NEXT SPRING

Li Xiaoli (Xie Chengze) is a Chinese exchange student who travels to Fuchinobe in Tokyo to study for a year. After much searching, he finally finds a Chinese restaurant with the help of his old classmate Qiu Qiu (Qiu Tian). The restaurant’s manager, Guan Wei (Qi Xi), takes him in while the clerk, Aoki (Niu …

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