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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

A Simple Life

Tao jie
Hong Kong 2011, 118’
subtitles: Polish only
director: Ann Hui
screenplay: Susan Chan, Lee Yan-iam
cinematography: Nelson Yu Lik-wai
editing: Kwong Chi-leung, Manda Wai
music: Law Wing-fai
cast: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip, Dennis Chan, Sammo Hung Kam-bo
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Wenecja IFF 2011 – najlepsza aktorka, Nagroda Równych Szans, Nagroda Gianni Astrei, Nagroda Nazareno Taddei, Nagroda SIGNIS, Asian Film Awards 2012 – najlepsza aktorka, nagroda publiczności dla najlepszego aktora, Durban IFF 2012 – najlepsza aktorka, FF Paris Cinema 2012 – nagroda publiczności, nagroda jury

Film description

In "A Simple Life" dying is silent. Not complaining about the hardships of the past, not looking for someone to blame. The departure is arduous, filled with the pain of rejection and the sorrow of loneliness.
The main character, Ah Tao, dies so discretely, that her passing almost recedes to the background of the story. It belongs to the sphere of understatements, of the palpable, irrevocably approaching future, and remains something not to be talked about loud. The director shows it as a prolonged moment in which reality no longer needs the woman, no longer has a place for her - puts her aside, and sets her aside to live her final days in peace, out of sight. The protagonist's simple struggle for dignity, made up with small, every-day troubles, is portrayed as something more important than any other fight in her life.

Urszula Lipińska

Ann Hui

Born in 1947, in Manchuria, China. Graduate of the University of Hong Kong and London Film School. Director, screenwriter, actress. One of the leading filmmakers of the Hong Kong New Wave. Praised for works taking up controversial social issues, such as her Vietnam Trilogy.

Selected filmography:

1982 Tau ban no hoi / Boat People
1990 Ke tu qui hen / Song of the Exile
1995 Nu ren si shi / Summer Show
1999 Qian yan wan yu / Ordinary Heroes
2003 Yu guanyin / Jade Goddess of Mercy
2011 Proste życie / Tao jie / A Simple Life

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