Compétition internationale
46th edition
NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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Center Stage
(Ruan Lingyu)

by Stanley KWAN


Ruan Lingyu is the greatest female star of Chinese silent film. With the Lianhua Studios, she blossomed out and worked with the greatest directors. Her private life was more complicated: she had two men in her life but was determined to stay independent. This reconstruction of her life uses a story within a story: Stanley Kwan questions his actors (including the great Maggie Cheung) on the role each plays in the film and has them intervene in the actual creation of the film. Bringing the great filmmakers and actors of the time back to life, he makes harmonious use of footage from her original films. He reaches the heart of one of cinema’s greatest mysteries: how can life’s beauty be captured in a face on film.


  • Titre français
    Center Stage
  • Original title
    Ruan Lingyu
  • Scénario
    Peggy Chiao
  • Photo
    Poon Hang-Sang
  • Musique
    Chen Huang Jin
  • Interprétation
    Maggie Cheung, Chin Han, Tony Leung Ka Fai
  • Production
    Golden Way Films
  • Producteur délégué
    Jackie Chan
  • Directeur artistique
    Lau Sai-Wan, Pan Lai
  • Distribution
    Swift Distribution
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage
  • Ratio

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