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River's Edge

River's Edge

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

What happens in director Wang Chao’s meditative drama is suggested in the pairing of its Chinese and English titles (the former translates as „Love between a Father and Son“). Love is indeed found at river’s edge in this quietly powerful film whose spell lingers long after its last frame fades to black.

„River’s Edge“ marks a return to form for Wang who made a critical splash with his 2001 directorial debut „The Orphan of Anyang“ and his 2006 Prix Un Certain Regard winner „Luxury Car“. This latest film picks up some of the themes and techniques that animated those earlier titles: parents separated from their children, fathers looking for missing sons, contemplative long takes, and the prolific use of non-professionals. In fact, „River’s Edge“ is cast almost entirely with non-professional actors.

A search in a poor, remote village by a wealthy out-of-towner, a Beijing businessman, for the body of his son who’s died in a river-boat accident, turns by film’s end into bearing witness to a rural China that, while placid on the surface, is in fact roiled by powerful socioeconomic currents from afar. That breathtaking terrain-shifting, accomplished with the gentlest of touch by Wang, seeps through every aspect of „River’s Edge“.

A film that begins by articulating the polarity of separate and unequal worlds – living vs. the dead, urban vs. rural, rich vs. poor –  gradually collapses the polarities until they are inextricably fused. So absence becomes palpably present, the global reaches into the local, documentary bleeds into fiction, the dead mingle with the living, and perhaps most surprisingly of all, the poetry of American troubadour Bob Dylan echoes melodiously in Chinese.

Cheng-Sim Lim

Wang Chao

(b. 1964), after graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 1994, worked as an assistant to Fifth Generation director Chen Kaige. Wang’s first feature „The Orphan of Anyang“ (2001) debuted at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. „Luxury Car“ (2006) and „Fantasia“ (2014) were Un Certain Regard selections, with the former claiming the Cannes sidebar’s top prize. Wang also earned festival awards with „Days and Nights“ (2004) and „The Celestial Kingdom“ (2012). „River’s Edge“ is his eight feature.

Filmography

  • Anyangde guer (The Orphan of Anyang, 2001)
  •  Ri ri ye ye (Night and Day, 2004)
  •  Jiang cheng xia ri (Luxury Car, 2006)
  • Memory of Love (2009)
  •  Tian guó (Celestial Kingdom, 2011)
  • Fantasia (2014)
  • Looking for Rohmer (2015)
  • River’s Edge (2017)

Schedule

28.11.2017
17:00 - 18:56
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 120201
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Wang Chao, Producer Qian Yu Jia, Crew Li Tao, Producer Xu Nan
30.11.2017
21:30 - 23:26
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 141403
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Wang Chao, Producer Qian Yu Jia, Crew Li Tao, Producer Xu Nan
02.12.2017
17:00 - 18:36
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 161702
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Forum

Film info

Country: China
Year: 2017
Duration: 96 minutes
Language: Chinese
Director: Wang Chao
Producers: Liu Ning, Qian Siton, Li Dongyu, Lin Chen
Writer: Wang Chao
DOP: Wang Shiqing
Montage: Wang Chao, Huang Shang
Composers: Qin Wenchen, Tian Tian
Cast: Li Wake, Yi Ziqi, Zhang Shuhui, Luo Lizhou
Production: Beijing Dayu Pictures

Synopsis

Director

What happens in director Wang Chao’s meditative drama is suggested in the pairing of its Chinese and English titles (the former translates as „Love between a Father and Son“). Love is indeed found at river’s edge in this quietly powerful film whose spell lingers long after its last frame fades to black.

„River’s Edge“ marks a return to form for Wang who made a critical splash with his 2001 directorial debut „The Orphan of Anyang“ and his 2006 Prix Un Certain Regard winner „Luxury Car“. This latest film picks up some of the themes and techniques that animated those earlier titles: parents separated from their children, fathers looking for missing sons, contemplative long takes, and the prolific use of non-professionals. In fact, „River’s Edge“ is cast almost entirely with non-professional actors.

A search in a poor, remote village by a wealthy out-of-towner, a Beijing businessman, for the body of his son who’s died in a river-boat accident, turns by film’s end into bearing witness to a rural China that, while placid on the surface, is in fact roiled by powerful socioeconomic currents from afar. That breathtaking terrain-shifting, accomplished with the gentlest of touch by Wang, seeps through every aspect of „River’s Edge“.

A film that begins by articulating the polarity of separate and unequal worlds – living vs. the dead, urban vs. rural, rich vs. poor –  gradually collapses the polarities until they are inextricably fused. So absence becomes palpably present, the global reaches into the local, documentary bleeds into fiction, the dead mingle with the living, and perhaps most surprisingly of all, the poetry of American troubadour Bob Dylan echoes melodiously in Chinese.

Cheng-Sim Lim

Wang Chao

(b. 1964), after graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 1994, worked as an assistant to Fifth Generation director Chen Kaige. Wang’s first feature „The Orphan of Anyang“ (2001) debuted at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. „Luxury Car“ (2006) and „Fantasia“ (2014) were Un Certain Regard selections, with the former claiming the Cannes sidebar’s top prize. Wang also earned festival awards with „Days and Nights“ (2004) and „The Celestial Kingdom“ (2012). „River’s Edge“ is his eight feature.

Filmography

  • Anyangde guer (The Orphan of Anyang, 2001)
  •  Ri ri ye ye (Night and Day, 2004)
  •  Jiang cheng xia ri (Luxury Car, 2006)
  • Memory of Love (2009)
  •  Tian guó (Celestial Kingdom, 2011)
  • Fantasia (2014)
  • Looking for Rohmer (2015)
  • River’s Edge (2017)