30.09. - 09.10.2021

The River of Life China 2014 | 103 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2015

Yang Pingdao

YANG PINGDAO (*1980) comes from Canton and works as a film-maker, cameraman and screenplay writer. His short and long documentaries have been seen at Chinese festivals since 2007 and he's a regular at the Beijing Independent Film Festival.

rated for 0 + years
Pingdao, approaching 30, is a semi-successful documentary film-maker and his girlfriend Wenjing is expecting their first child. And they're not married! Their daughter is born one month after the death of Pingdao's grandmother – which means marriage plans are put on ice for the moment. Tradition forbids a wedding during a year of mourning. Yang Pingdao interweaves scenes of a young Chinese couple feeling the pressure to succeed, soiled nappies and fits of jealousy, with footage of the last six years of his grandmother's life, creating a family saga spanning four generations.

This film is part of the special series "Chinese Independent Cinema".

Original title: Sheng Ming De He Liu
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: Chinese
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Yang Pingdao
Screenplay: Yang Pingdao
Producer: An Nai, Wang Yong, Yang Pingdao
Director of Photography: Yang Pingdao
Production Design: An Nai
Editor: Yang Pingdao
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Production: VS Film Studio


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