湘女萧萧 | A Girl From Hunan

A Girl from Hunan

China, 1900. Xiaoxiao, a girl of about 12, comes to a mountain village for an arranged marriage with a two-year-old boy, Chunguan. Strict clan rules govern all behaviors. She becomes her husband’s nanny (he calls her “sister”). Soon, Huagou, a local peasant, takes notice of Xiaoxiao, singing suggestive songs as they work and sending her compliments via the boy. At about the same time, Xiaoxiao sees “girl students” in the nearby town: young women her age who have friends who are boys, who read, who experience freedom. Xiaoxiao and Huagou begin a passionate affair, and, to her horror, she gets pregnant. Does death at the hands of the clan elders await her, or sale into slavery?

Directed by Fei Xie | Starring : Renhua Na, Xiaoguang Deng, Zongxiang Guan, Yu Zhang, Qing Lin | Presented at Cannes Film Festival

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骆驼祥子 | Rickshaw Boy

Rickshaw Boy

Xiang Zi was a rickshaw boy who was always having a desire to excel and thirst for freedom. He got married with Hu Niu who unfortunately died of dystocia later. After Hu Niu died, another girl Xiao Fuzi fell in love with Xiang Zi but they were separated by poverty. Xiang Zi worked very hard in order to change his life, but only to find that Xiao Fuzi was dead when he just began to get hopeful for their future. Finally, Xiang Zi, a unflinching man, surrendered to that dark society.

Directed by Zifeng Ling | Starring : Fengyi Zhang, Gaowa Siqin, Bide Yan, Zongxiang Guan, Ziyue Zhao | Presented at Chicago Film Festival