To Live (1994)
Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return.
A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past
together and reawaken his wife’s memory
The film was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 and the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.
One of the most important and influential filmmakers in China,
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The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs.
Sold by Wild Bunch,”Coming Home” marks Sony Pictures Classics’ 12th acquisition of a Zhang-directed film.
Wild Bunch started pre-selling the pic at the Efm.
The last Zhang pic acquired by Spc dates back to “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop,” a remake of the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple,” in 2009. Other films by Zhang distributed by Spc include “Raise the Red Lantern,” “The Story of Qiu Ju” and “Curse of the Golden Flower.”
Inspired by Yan Geling’s “The Criminal Lu Yanshi, “Coming Home” is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920′s to the 1990′s.
Pic is now in post and will be ready by May, in time for Cannes.
Among the many accolades he
This past Thursday, when the Oscar nominations were announced, only eight actors were hearing their names called for the first time (the Best Actress category was all previous nominees and 80% winners). Some were for film debuts (Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi), but for the other 6 names (Ejiofor, McConaughey, Fassbender, Leto, Hawkins, and Squibb) it was their first recognition from the Academy after years of hard work and dedication to their craft. But not every great actor ever gets to hear their name called Oscar nomination morning. Despite powerful performances and decades of service to the film industry, sometimes a nomination (let alone a win) evades the greats. For some, the oversite will never be remedied (Marilyn Monore, Edward G. Robinson, Myrna Loy, Peter Lorre, Jean Harlow, and John Barrymore are just some of Hollywood's finest that went without the prefix Academy Award Nominee), but for many great actors still working today there is still time.
Renowned Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who designed the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics, is under investigation over claims he broke strict family planning laws by fathering seven children, state media have reported.
The website of the People's Daily, the official Communist party newspaper, quoted suggestions that Zhang could face a fine of up to 160m yuan (£16.75m). Parents can be ordered to pay up to twice their annual income for breaching the law, though it is unclear how the estimate of the director's yearly income was reached. Many avoid fines or pay well below the maximum.
China's one child policy limits most urban couples to one birth but allows rural families to have a second if their first is a girl. Other exemptions include allowing a childless
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