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Spring Tide

Grand Prix of 15. Five Flavours AFF
Chun Chao
dir. Yang Lina
China 2019, 123’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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Theatrical Screenings
Su 21 Nov, 18:15
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
We 24 Nov, 15:00
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17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
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Awards and festivals
15. Five Flavours AFF: Grand Prix World premiere: Shanghai International Film Festival Allywood Film Critics Association Awards 2021 - Best Supporting Actress Changchun FF 2020 - Special Jury Award, Best Director First Youth FF 2019 - Audience Award Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2021 - Top Ten Films Shanghai IFF 2019 - Best Cinematography To Ten Chinese FF 2021 - Outstanding Film, Best Screenplay, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Lei Hao), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Elaine Jin)
China 2019
Duration: 123’
director: Yang Lina
screenplay: Yang Lina
cinematography: Jake Pollock
editing: Tu Duu-chih, Chiang Yi-chen
music: Yoshishiro Hanno
cast: Hao Lei, Elaine Kam Yam Ling, Qu Junxi, Li Wenbo, Huang Shang-Ho
producer: Helen Li
executive producer: Ching-Song Liao, Shozo Ichiyama
production: Aim Media Co., Ltd., Beijing Hugoeast Media Co., Ltd
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

Three generations of women in modern China. Guo, a journalist trying to write interventionist reportages under the increasing unfavorable circumstances, still living in her family home. Her daughter, entering the era of adolescence. And her mother, who makes up for the years of hardships and dysfunctional relationship in her autumn years, not missing any opportunity to criticize her adult daughter and her life choices.

A plot thick with emotion, a phenomenal psychology, and an incredibly realistic portrait of toxic bonds that cannot be broken, even though they leave deep wounds. Lina Yang, director and documentary filmmaker, has a unique talent for observation – her heroines are very ambiguous, filled with vices as well as the strength necessary to survive under adverse circumstances and to live on their own terms.

Yang puts a lot of powerful observations about intergenerational relations in modern China into the dynamic family triangle – the parents who survived the Cultural Revolution and the times of the deepest economic hardships, the generation of the 1970s and 1980s that grew up in the times of the rapid modernization, and the so-called youth of today, equipped with completely new opportunities, but also the baggage of family traumas they are not fully aware of.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Lina Yang

Born in China in 1972, graduate of the Art Academy of the People's Liberation Army. As a dancer, she performed in theater plays and movies, including Jia Zhang-ke's "Platform." In the late 1990s, she started working as an independent documentary filmmaker. Her films, showing the changes in the Chinese society, gained acclaim at numerous festivals. In 2013, she made her first feature film "Longing for the Rain" (7th Five Flavours).

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