老那 | Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love

Old Pop, a retired factory worker, lives in a former industrial area of Beijing with his extended family. He likes going to the market with his old colleague, Lao Chang. One day, he recognizes a face he had been unable to forget: his first love, Li Ying. An elegant old woman, Li Ying seems to have trouble remembering people, and her daughter is openly hostile to Old Pop. Despite these obstacles, the two elders start meeting in secret. Discovering that Li Ying has Alzheimer, Old Pop plays little games with her to exercise her mind. As in his award-winning first films, Liu Hao uses non-professional actors to recount an unusual love affair with a poetic and humorous touch.

Directed by Hao Lui | Starring : Jiang Mei Hua, Niu En Pu | Presented at San Sebastian Film Festival

好大一对羊 | Two Great Sheep

Two Great Sheep

The film follows a peasant couple, Zhao Deshan and his wife Xiuzhi, living in rural Yunnan province near Zhaotong in southern China. Their lives are thrown into upheaval when the local mayor “rewards” them with two foreign sheep donated by a former villager, now an official in Beijing. The couple is then tasked with breeding the sheep for their wool and to bring prosperity to their small community. Much to their chagrin, the sheep do not take to their new environment and the couple are forced into ever more ingenious ways of making the sheep appear greater than they really are. As they do so, they also come to value the sheep as companions in their family. When it becomes clear that the two “great” sheep are not the boon they were thought to be, the local authorities repossess the animals.

Directed by Hao Lui | Starring : Yunkun Sun, Zhikun Jiang, Dajiang Chen, Shengling Zhao | Presented at Toronto Film Festival, Pusan Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival

陈默和美婷 | Chen Mo and Meiting

Chen Mo and Meiting

The story is set in Beijing. It is about the relationship between a young man and a city girl, neither of whom has had a proper family life. The young man, Chen Mo, was brought up by his elder brother as his parents died young. The girl, Meiting, lived with her uncle and aunt, but left because she was ill-treated. Chen is kind to her, but she can’t stand living in a small room and runs away to become a whore. Chen loses his savings looking for her and dies after an accidental stabbing.

Directed by Hao Lui | Starring : Huanan Du, Lingbo Wang | Presented at Berlin Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Bratislava Film Festival