FILMS

 

THE RIVER OF LIFE
生命的河流
Shengming de heliu

Directed by Yang Pingdao
2014, 101 min, digital.
In Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese with English subtitles.

RiverOfLife

 

Yang Pingdao is one of China’s most exciting emerging filmmakers. His astonishingly creative camera eye brings unexpected beauty to his new feature length film. Using an innovative structure, based on the distinctive texture of family memory through space and time, Yang invents something poised delicately between fiction and documentary to capture crystallized moments in his family history, to recreate in cinematic form its emotional weight and variety, woven around the life and death of his grandmother, and the birth of his child. In order to combine extended family chronicle, implicit national history, and intimate soul-bearing autobiography, Yang employs gentle formal experimentation to invent new cinematic pathways.  Opening film and prize winner of BIFF 2014.

 

Producer:
Nai An, Wang Yong, Yang Pingdao

Production company:
VS Film Studio

Screenplay:
Yang Pingdao

Cinematography:
Yang Pingdao

Editor:
Yang Pingdao

Sound:
Yang Pingdao

Cast:
Yang Pingdao, Wang Wenjing, Yang Xitong

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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