A journey into Chinese society, politic, history, architecture and family through the personal view of a Chinese artist, Wang Xiaoshuai.
Beijing 2016, at the center of the city and of the country: Tian An Men square, where Chinese families and collective History is deeply mixed. Near by Beijing office workers, who tight into small boxes, seem like prisoner of their social condition. The stock market aficionados alienated by their red and green board, as if praying for the God of money. At the corner of a street, the old Beijing, with empty half destroyed family old courtyards. While in new suburb communities old men try to maintain friendly neighbor bird singing contest. Escaping the capital, the train follows the landscapes getting into another China that most Chinese people come from… Going through the countryside where drought and earthquakes have slowly made it difficult for men to live, we stop by factories and mine where most families had, at a time or another, to give their health and time. We go through Mongolia, Xinjiang, Sichuan…By standing at the crossroad of present changes and disappearing past myth, we will rediscover the evolving history of Chinese families and the collective ‘biography’ and memoir of China. Landscape, culture, story and History slowly form a unique yet fascinating China, WANG Xiaoshuai’s My China.
Graduated from the Beijing Film Academy, Wang Xiaoshuai directed his first feature The Days (1993). Acclaimed, the film is soon blacklisted and banned in China. He directed Frozen in 1995 under the pseudo Wu Ming (Without a name); the film was awarded Special mention of the jury in Rotterdam. Then he directed A VIETNAMESE GIRL for the Beijing Film Studio. But it took him 3 years of re-editing and a change of title So Close To Paradise to be finally approved for a limited screening in China. In 1998, it was selected for Un certain regard in Cannes. His fifth feature, Beijing Bicycle won the Grand Jury Silver Bear and Best Young Actor Prize in 2001 in Berlin.
In 2003, Drifters screened at Un Certain Regard in Cannes. In 2005, Shanghai Dreams selected for competition in Cannes won the Jury Prize. In 2008, In Love We Trust won Silver Bear best screenplay award in Berlin. In 2010, Chongqing Blues selected in competition in Cannes received the Chinese Director Association Award for Best Director. Followed 11 Flowers, the first Sino-French official coproduction presented in Competition in San Sebastian. His 10th film Red Amnesia opened in Competition in Venice in 2014.
.Isabelle GLACHANT started as journalist for French TV station Canal + and began her career in cinema as executive producer of Shanghai Dreams (WANG Xiaoshuai, Cannes Film Festival, Jury Prize, 2005). Since then, she has participated in all of WANG Xiaoshuai‘s films, including Red Amnesia (Venice Film Festival, Competition, 2014), and worked with directors like LI Yu, LU Chuan or LOU Ye. GLACHANT started in 2014 an International Sales company, ASIAN SHADOWS, representing internationally Asian films like Siti (Eddie CAHYONO) or Paths of the Soul (ZHANG Yang). Made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and based in Asia, GLACHANT is also, since 2012, uniFrance Films’ Greater China representative.
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