This bleak tale of murder, revenge and reconciliation was awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director at this years’ Venice Film Festival. Following several personal mishaps, Lao Tie sets off on an impossible quest to seek out the man who murdered his brother. With a mountain village as his starting mark, he makes his way to the city of Chongqing, where he tries to put together the pieces of the puzzle. The task continues to expand and grow into an increasingly eerie enigma.

Returning after the highly praised feature debut »The Red Awn«, Shangjun Cai appears as a strong and confident agitator—never afraid of dragging social problems into light or to question the foundation of his home land. While the story in itself is a suspenseful mystery, the settings also play a fundamental part when presenting this dusty, overexposed postcard that the government never meant to show; rural China in all its over-inhabited poverty.

People Mountain People Sea poster
Title
People Mountain People Sea
Director
Cai Shangjun
Country
China
Length
91 min
Festival
2011
Section
Open Zone
Language
Chinese
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Chen Jianbin, Tao Hong, Wu Xiubo
Producer
Xudong Li
Script
Shangjun Cai, Xiaobai Gu, Zheng Gu
Music
Wei Dong

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