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Archive - 12th Five Flavours Film Festival

Longing for the Rain

Chunmeng
Hong Kong 2013, 98’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Yang Lina
screenplay: Yang Lina
cinematography: Min Wang
editing: Chingsong Liao, Hongyu Yang, Matthieu Laclau
music: Yoshi Hanno
cast: Siyuan Zhao, Jia Fu, Pongpazroj Dej, Hong Xue
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

A feature debut of an independent documentary filmmaker from Beijing, made in Hong Kong to avoid censorship. To show the modern, nouveau-rich China, the director uses various film genres and poetics, from social satire, through a ghost movie and erotic drama, to a mystical but simple quasi-documentary, resembling the works of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

The protagonist, a young, unemployed wife, lives in a quiet, passionless relationship. She takes care of her daughter, the immature husband, and the sick mother-in-law, and meets with her "emancipated" friend. The situation changes when she enters a strange, entirely erotic relation with a man who comes to her in her dreams. A conflict between motherhood, family, and her lively sexuality, the space for the controversial freedom in an oppressive society, has to end with a disaster. But in Yang Lina's vision, it becomes a liberating experience. The salvation lies in Buddhism, which opens the way for the contact with the shamanist, animistic roots of womanhood.

Agnieszka Szeffel

Yang Lina

(Tian-ji Yang) An independent Chinese director and actress. She never studied directing, and before starting acting school, she was a dancer for 10 years. After finishing her studies, she made documentaries, such as "Old Men" (1999) which were shown at international festivals. She played one of the leading roles in Jia Zhang-ke's "Platform" (2000).

Selected filmography:

1999 Old Men (dok.)
2002 Home Video (dok.)
2007 Let's Dance Together (dok.)
2008 My Neighbors & Their Japanese Ghosts (dok.)
2013 Wilgotne sny / Chunmeng / Longing for the Rain

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