Films

Ash

Ash

European Premiere

Synopsis

Director

This riveting sophomore feature by Li Xiaofeng ranks among the finest of a new crop of Chinese neo-noirs, a genre that appears to be growing in favour in recent years among independent-leaning filmmakers in China. To noir’s staple of blood-stained despair, „Ash“ adds a potent dose of male chauvinism and repressed desire.

A body is found in a movie theatre. Clues suggest it may be a case of rough justice, for the man who met a violent death was himself a violent man who battered his wife. The cop investigating the murder suspects the dead man’s son, a steelworker, but lacks the evidence to charge the young man. Thwarted in his studies, but an avid reader, the steelworker becomes an unlikely pen-pal to a medical student. Both are drawn to each other by their shared passion for Tolstoy’s last novel „Resurrection“, and a romantic question prompted by Tolstoy’s story that one of them has scribbled on the inside of a used paperback. Ten years later, the three men – now a hard-bitten cop, famous doctor and lowly delivery man – find themselves bound together again in a tangled web of lies and suspicions, as memories of a second murder threaten to betray long-held secrets. The film delivers on the promise already apparent in Li’s first feature „Nezha“ (2014) – that he is a director to watch.

Cheng-Sim Lim




 

 

Li Xiaofeng

(b. 1978) studied filmmaking at Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels, before returning to China in 2002. In Beijing he continued writing film criticism and essays while serving as a creative consultant for director Lu Chuan’s production company. Li later collaborated with another Sixth Generation director Zhang Yuan on the screenplay „Dada’s Dance“ (PÖFF 2008), and appeared in the film as the male lead. Li published a collection of short stories in 2011. He debuted his first feature „Nezha“ in the New Currents competition at Busan in 2014. „Ash“ is his second feature.

Filmography

  • Nezha (2014)
  • Ash (2017)

Schedule

01.12.2017
20:45 - 22:59
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 150502
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Li Xiaofeng, Crew Yi Shen
02.12.2017
15:00 - 17:14
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 161401
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Li Xiaofeng, Crew Yi Shen
03.12.2017
21:00 - 22:54
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171304
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Special Screenings

Film info

Country: China
Year: 2017
Duration: 114 minutes
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Director: Li Xiaofeng
Producers: Li Haihua, Xia Xinlei, Feng Rui
Writers: Li Xiaofeng, Xu Zhanxiong, Shen Yi, Wang Mu
DOP: Joewi Verhoeven
Montage: Liu Yueyue, Teng Yun
Composer: Simon John Fisher Turner
Cast: Luo Jin, Xin Peng, Jiang Peiyao, Nie Yuan
Productions: Beijing BHBD Cultural Diffusion Co., Ltd.
Festival: Busan

Synopsis

Director

This riveting sophomore feature by Li Xiaofeng ranks among the finest of a new crop of Chinese neo-noirs, a genre that appears to be growing in favour in recent years among independent-leaning filmmakers in China. To noir’s staple of blood-stained despair, „Ash“ adds a potent dose of male chauvinism and repressed desire.

A body is found in a movie theatre. Clues suggest it may be a case of rough justice, for the man who met a violent death was himself a violent man who battered his wife. The cop investigating the murder suspects the dead man’s son, a steelworker, but lacks the evidence to charge the young man. Thwarted in his studies, but an avid reader, the steelworker becomes an unlikely pen-pal to a medical student. Both are drawn to each other by their shared passion for Tolstoy’s last novel „Resurrection“, and a romantic question prompted by Tolstoy’s story that one of them has scribbled on the inside of a used paperback. Ten years later, the three men – now a hard-bitten cop, famous doctor and lowly delivery man – find themselves bound together again in a tangled web of lies and suspicions, as memories of a second murder threaten to betray long-held secrets. The film delivers on the promise already apparent in Li’s first feature „Nezha“ (2014) – that he is a director to watch.

Cheng-Sim Lim




 

 

Li Xiaofeng

(b. 1978) studied filmmaking at Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels, before returning to China in 2002. In Beijing he continued writing film criticism and essays while serving as a creative consultant for director Lu Chuan’s production company. Li later collaborated with another Sixth Generation director Zhang Yuan on the screenplay „Dada’s Dance“ (PÖFF 2008), and appeared in the film as the male lead. Li published a collection of short stories in 2011. He debuted his first feature „Nezha“ in the New Currents competition at Busan in 2014. „Ash“ is his second feature.

Filmography

  • Nezha (2014)
  • Ash (2017)