Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Run time: 2h 3m
In Mandarin with English Subtitles.
From the multi-awarding winning Director Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, Still Life, The World) MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART, follows the life of Shen Tao (Tao Zhao), and those close to her, across three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.
Fenyang, 1999, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar. 2014. Tao is divorced and her son emigrates to Australia with his business magnate father. Australia, 2025. 19-year-old Dollar no longer speaks Chinese and can barely communicate with his now bankrupt father. All that he remembers of his mother is her name…
Starring Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang and with a special appearance from Sylvia Chang the film boasts incredible performances with Robbie Collin from The Telegraph describing Zhao’s performance as “the film’s racing heart” and that she “gives a performance of extraordinary detail and depth of feeling”.
Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian also described the film as “…a mysterious and in its way staggeringly ambitious piece of work from a film-maker whose creativity is evolving before our eyes.
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