7.0/10
712
2 user 5 critic

A Tale of the Wind (1988)

Une histoire de vent (original title)
An elderly, asthmatic filmmaker travels to China, hoping to film the wind.

Director:

Joris Ivens

Writers:

Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan Ivens (as Marceline Loridan)
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.

Director: Marcel Ophüls
Stars: Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A sequence of shots of rural landscapes accompanied by readings of texts about the struggles of poor farmers.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Danièle Huillet, Bahgat Elnadi, Gérard Samaan
Regen (1929)
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rain falls on a Dutch city.

Directors: Mannus Franken, Joris Ivens
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung Young Chen
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Quotidian scenes of Paris along the quays beside the River Seine. Fishing, snoozing, cutting hair, washing clothes. Lovers embrace as nuns gaze. Students sketch, models pose. A diver ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens
Stars: Serge Reggiani
Brightness (1987)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé
Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A successful artist, weary of Parisian life and on the verge of divorce, returns to the country to live in his childhood house. He needs someone to make a real vegetable garden again out of... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Fanny Cottençon
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Chia-bao Chang, Neng Chang, Chih-Chen Chen
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee sets out to make a movie about Union General Sherman's March to the Sea towards the end of the American Civil War, but keeps getting sidetracked by his own love life.

Director: Ross McElwee
Stars: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Ross McElwee Jr.
Sans Soleil (1983)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Luis Saslavsky
Stars: Berta Singerman, Olinda Bozán, Pedro López Lagar
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Scenes of life and landscape in Provence where a chilly wind called the Mistral blows down the valley of the Rhône to the Mediterranean. The Provençal terrain is dry and parched; the ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens
Stars: Roger Pigaut
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Joris Ivens ... Self
Henxiang Han Henxiang Han
Zhuang Liu Zhuang Liu
Delong Wang Delong Wang
Hong Wang Hong Wang
Dalin Fu Dalin Fu
Guilian Liu Guilian Liu
Zhijian Chen Zhijian Chen
Qiaoyu Zou Qiaoyu Zou
Paul Sergent Paul Sergent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hongyu Liu Hongyu Liu ... Self
Marceline Loridan Ivens ... Self
Edit

Storyline

This film travels through fantasy and reality as Joris Ivens goes to China to capture the wind. The film reflects the filmmaker's journey from Pour le Mistral (1966), his first film on the wind, to this project, which is his final film. The essay film flows between fantasy and reality moving between the images the filmmaker has made, seen or dreamt about. Combining documentary with Chinese mythology and opera and even Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902), Ivens melds culture, landscape and mindscape with breathtaking effect. The old director travels as a boy from his windmill home in erstwhile Holland in a glider made from clothes from a clothesline. We see his journey through life and into the mysticism of the orient in his old age. His memories take us into a humorous, sometimes pensive, magical journey while the film's crew struggles to capture the wind and his breath. Written by Hrishikesh

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

wind | landscape | old age | life | chinese | See All (19) »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

French | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 March 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

China

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Connections

References A Trip to the Moon (1902) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Contribute to This Page

Women on Set: Celebrating Directors in Their Field

Inspired by The Farewell director Lulu Wang's call to action at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards, we celebrate women filmmakers working in their field.

Watch the video



Recently Viewed