FILMS

 

EGG AND STONE
鸡蛋和石头
Jidan he shitou 

Directed by Huang Ji
2012, 98 min, digital.
In Hunan dialect with English subtitles.

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Winner of the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Award, Huang Ji’s brave personal film is one of the most auspicious debuts in recent Chinese cinema. Set in her home village in rural Hunan province, Egg and Stone is a powerful autobiographical portrait of a 14-year-old girl’s attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexual maturity. Since her parents moved to the city to work, she has been forced to live with her uncle and aunt for seven years. Alone with her own inchoate fears and desires, she grapples with a terrifying world of sexual awakening and danger. Huang Ji’s visual sophistication, narrative fluency, and technical polish belie her youth. Cinematographer Ryuji Otsuka (also the film’s producer and editor) contributes beautifully crafted cinematic images, fearfully intimate, softly pulsing with light, saturated with complex emotional power.

Producer:
Ryuji Otsuka, Hsu Hsiao-ming

Production company:
Yellow-Green Pi

Screenplay:
Huang Ji

Cinematography:
Ryuji Otsuka

Editor:
Ryuji Otsuka

Design:
Xiao Jun

Sound:
Wang Changrui

Cast:
Yao Honggui (Honggui), Xiao Pin’gao, Liu Xiaoling

I have a physiological and psychological need to shoot independent films. 

The current atmosphere for creating art films and independent films in China is quite good, and there are a great number of possible topics. I don’t tell stories anymore, and hope that my works, like our lives, embody a great deal of trouble and anger. 

I don’t believe that the goal of my work is to attend large international film festivals. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve already given up the possibility of distribution and profit, at least for the moment.

-Xu Ruotao (Yumen)

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