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Fang hua
China 2017, 136’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Feng Xiaogang
screenplay: Geling Yan (na podst. własnej powieści)
cinematography: Pan Luo
editing: Qi Zhang
music: Lin Zhao, Xiaofei Dai
cast: Xuan Huang, Miao Miao, Chuxi Zhong, Caiyu Yang, Xiaofeng Li, Keru Wang, Yuan Sui
producer: Zhonglei Wang, Zhongjun Wang, Yu Gong, Ge Song, Jianhong Qi, Fangjun Zhang
production: Huayi Brothers Pictures Limited, Zhejiang Dongyang Mayla Media Co.Ltd, IQiyi Motion Pictures (Beijing) Co. Ltd, Beijing Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, Beijing Jingxi Culture & Tourism Co. Ltd, August First Film Studio
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Asian Film Awards 2018 – Best Film; Macau International Movie Festival 2017 – Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Director, Best Cinematography; 12th Asian Film Awards – Best Film; China Film Director's Guild Awards – Best Film; Beijing College Student Film Festival – Best New Actor, Best New Actress; 23rd Huading Awards – Best New Actor; Toronto IFF 2017; Taipei Golden Horse FF 2017; Palm Springs IFF 2018; Rotterdam IFF 2018

Film description

A young dancer is accepted to an elite artistic group performing for the soldiers of the People's Liberation Army. It is the 1970s, the time of the Cultural Revolution. The barracts the artists are stationed in create an idyllic enclave, where they can focus on improving their skills, mutual rivalry, traveling to guest performances, budding romances, and buzzing adolescent emotions. Some refuse to talk about their far-away families, others secretly listen to forbidden music. Some of them meets several years later on the front lines of the Sino-Vietnamese war.

How to reminisce about your youth if it coincided with one of the most traumatic periods in the country's history? The director and the screenwriter found a way to turn their memories into a nostalgic, melodramatic story, filled with layers of subtexts. Bathed in warm light, the frames bewitch with their atmosphere of ease, young idealism and passion, but they are lined with melancholy captured in the bits of conversations and the shorts scenes showing the outside world. The filmmakers showed this difficult time from an unusual point of view, creating a complex picture of the generation coming of age at that era. The remarkable cinematography and moving performances brought the filmmakers numerous awards, and the movie was deemed as one of the most important Chinese productions of 2017.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Feng Xiaogang

Born in 1958 in Beijing, he began his film career as a set designer in a military artistic group. In the 1980s, he started working for television, where he was also a set designer, and simultaneously started writing. In the 1990s, he debuted as a director, quickly becoming a specialist in the so-called New Year's films, hesui pian. Most of them turned to be big hits. As the creator of popular genre films, he became know as the "Chinese Spielberg."

Selected filmography:

1994 Yong shi wo ai / Lost My Love

2001 Pogrzeb grubej ryby / Da wan / Big Shot's Funeral

2004 Świat bez złodziei / Tian xia wu zei / A World Without Thieves

2006 Banquet: 100 dni cesarza / Ye yan / The Banquet

2007 Ostatnia bitwa / Ji jie hao / Assembly

2008 A jeśli to ty / Fei cheng wu rao / If You Are the One

2016 Pani Bovary to nie ja / I Am Not Madame Bovary

2017 Młodość / Fang hua / Youth

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