Languages Archives: Mandarin

The Road Not Taken

  •   Tang Gaopeng
  •   China
  •   New Directors Competition, Spotlight: Comedy
  •   Comedy, Road Movie

Synopsis

“This offbeat road movie has a sly, dry humor and an ability to shift between different registers, allowing the predominant comedy to end on a melancholy but satisfying note of self-sacrifice” –THR

Indebted to the local mob, a bumbling ostrich farmer agrees to take care of a sullen kidnapped boy until his father pays his ransom. The odd pair impulsively hits the road, and antics abound as they link up with other transient souls who inhabit the expansive plains of China’s Gobi Desert. This poetic, wry, and melancholic road movie won top honors at the Shanghai Film Festival.

  •  Mandarin with subtitles
  •  113 minutes

Screenings

No screenings currently scheduled

Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv)

  •   Jia Zhangke
  •   China, France
  •   Best of the Fest, International Feature Competition
  •   Crime, Drama

Synopsis

“A winding tale of love, disillusionment, and survival.” –Variety

In this gripping crime saga set in modern China from the master filmmaker (A Touch of Sin), Tao Zhao stars as a resolute woman devoted to her mobster lover Bin and loyal to the Jianghu underworld. But after she is arrested and sentenced to five years in prison, she returns to society only to find that Bin has moved on, leaving her to fight for her place in a world she no longer recognizes.

  •  Mandarin with subtitles
  •  141 minutes

Screenings

No screenings currently scheduled

Media

Sponsors

International Competition Patron

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

52 Hz, I Love You (Wushi hezi, wo ai ni)

  •   Wei Te-sheng
  •   Taiwan

Synopsis

From the director of megahit Cape No. 7 comes this soaring musical romance with catchy original songs. Some of the hottest local pop stars play Taipei lonely hearts, spending Valentine’s Day in search of love. Charming florist Xin has no one to give her flowers. Chocolatier Ang channels his unrequited love into passion-filled delights. Wedding planner Lei questions her own relationship with aspiring musician Da He at the biggest moment of his life. Is true romance in the stars? Mandarin and Min Nan with subtitles.

  •  Mandarin, Min Nan with subtitles
  •  110 minutes

Sponsors

Co-presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago