Cherry Lane Film and Filmmakers series 

2009, 97 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles

Guest: Director Wang Quan’an

As a textile worker in Xi’an, Li Li (Yu Nan) cannot afford the treatment for her cancer. If that isn’t hopeless enough, she doesn’t love her husband, her son is distant, and the factory where she works is closing. Trying to make the best of the time left, she sets out to find the love of her life, Zhao Luhan (Lu Nian). After Zhao transferred to Beijing ten years ago, Li Li wrote to him, but Zhao never wrote back. After waiting two years she married her husband. In Beijing she finds Zhao and discovers he never got her letters. Zhao is also in a loveless marriage, but he adores his daughter. Li Li returns to Xi’an to find the factory closed. She joins the other weaving girls taking the only work left: dancing with customers at a sleazy nightclub. Quite out of character, her husband sells the house and borrows money to pay for her medical treatment creating further confusion of the heart.

Wang Quan’an is now considered one of China’s top directors. Premiering in September at Montreal International Film Festival the film won the Grand Jury an d Fipresci prizes for Best Film.



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