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Crosscurrent

Chang jiang tu
dir. Yang Chao
People's Republic of China 2016, 116’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Berlin IFF 2016 - Silver Berlin Bear; Golden Horse FF 2016 - Best Cinematography, Best Sound Effects; Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016 - Jury Grand Prize for Cinematography; TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards 2016 - The Jury Award; Asian Film Awards 2017 - Best Sound; Hong Kong IFF 2016; Taipei FF 2016
Credits
People's Republic of China 2016
Duration: 116’
director: Yang Chao
screenplay: Yang Chao
cinematography: Mark Lee Pin-bing
editing: Yang Mingming, Kong Jinlei, Yang Chao
music: An Wei
cast: Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei, Wu Lipeng, Wang Hongwei
producer: Wang Yu, Yang Jing, Ha Bo
production: A Beijing Trend Cultural Investment, Ray Prod. Co., Just Show Prod. Co., Shangdong Jiabo Culture Development Co.
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

Chun, the captain of a small transport ship sailing up the river Yangtze, finds an old notebook filled with poems by someone who took the same route a decade earlier. The slow journey down the biggest Chinese water tract is paced to the rhythm of poetic verses and half-chance meetings with a mysterious woman who takes on a different form in every port.

The majestic beauty of the scenery and the striking expanse of the industrial landscapes are breathtaking – the cinematography for the film brought Mark Lee Ping-bing ("In the Mood for Love," "The Assassin") a Silver Bear at Berlinale. The winter journey from Shanghai to the origins of Yangtze on the Tibetan Plateau becomes not only an individual, existential journey of the protagonist, but also a meditation on the history of a country undergoing radical, irreversible changes, but at the same time immersed in the past and rediscovering its own ancient history. Yang follows the lead of classic literature, which portrayed Yangtze at the river of time. He combines crude realism with mythical symbols and elusive fantasy, creating a hypnotic epic – a modern-day Chinese odyssey.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Yang Chao

Born in 1974, screenwriter and director, graduate of Beijing Film Academy, member of the Sixth Generation of Chinese filmmakers. His graduate short feature won a Cinéfondation award at Cannes IFF in 2001. His debut feature, "Passages," also premiered in Cannes and received a Special Mention. Making "Crosscurrent" took him almost 10 years.

Filmography:

2001 Dai bi / Run Away (kr.m)

2004 Lu cheng / Passages

2016 Chang jiang tu / Crosscurrent

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