SELECTED AT 71ST LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018
OPENING FILM OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Directed by Ying Liang (China)
Executive Produced by Taiwan Public Television Service
Produced by 90 Minute Film Studio, Potocol,
Co-produced by Shine Pictures
The Mother of One Reclusewas the work of Chinese film director Yang Shu. She made the film five years ago, and in doing so offended the Chinese government. Since then, she has been forced to remain in exile in Hong Kong. Her mother in Sichuan has had a relapse of her stomach cancer from years ago, and needs to undergo an operation imminently. She wishes to see her daughter and the family, having only known her grandson via internet chats. Therefore, Yang Shu takes the opportunity of a film festival event in Taiwan to go with her husband and son to meet her mother, whom they have arranged to cross paths while her mother is there on a mainland company leisure tour. To ensure this family reunion can take place under the strict itinerary of the Chinese tour company, the young family checks into the same hotel and follows the tour group to the various scenic spots they visit.
Born 1977, lives and works in Hong Kong.
Ying Liang, Chinese independent filmmaker, was born in Shanghai. He had studied in Beijing and Chongqing before settling down in the city of Zigong in Sichuan Province. He made his directorial debut in 1999, and since then, has made four feature films and more than a dozen shorts, includingTaking Father Home, The Other Half, Good Cats, When Night falls, Condolences, andA Sunny Day. These were greeted with a number of important prizes at international film festivals, including the Special Jury Prize at Tokyo FILMeX International Film Festival, the International Film Critic FIPRESCI Prize at Brisbane International Film Festival, the Tiger Award for the Best Short at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Best Director & Best Actress at Locarno International Film Festival, Best Live Action Short Film at the Golden Horse Awards, etc.
World Première – 71st Locarno International Film Festival (Opening Film of International Competition)
Format: DCP / 5.1 surround sound
Runtime: 107 minutes
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese
Gong Zhe, Nai An, Pete Teo, Tham Xin Yue