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

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Life After Life
(Zhi fan ye mao)

by Hanyi ZHANG


Paradise appears in the form of a garden encompassing different civilisations. The Greeks had the Hesperides, the Bible evokes the Tree of Life? Zhang Hanyi digs down into the fertile soil of mythology to enrich this original story of a life after life set in present-day rural China. The film’s Chinese title means “labyrinthine leaf-laden branches ”, but there are no flowers on this land inspired by the filmmaker’s own land, one that people have deserted to settle in industrial centres. Life After Life recounts the transfer of a tree (immobile but alive) by a child possessed by the spirit of this mother, Xiunying. Her ghost returns to her husband’s yard specifically to see that the tree – planted when they got married – is moved to a place where the ground has not yet been forgotten. Hanyi films this astonishing Chinese ghost story with touching simplicity. A fable about how to cheat death, all forms of death, so as to better keep sight of the essence of life. AR

  • Titre français
    Life After Life
  • Original title
    Zhi fan ye mao
  • Titre international
    Life After Life
  • Scénario
    Hanyi Zhang, Zixin Li
  • Photo
    Mang Chang
  • Montage
    Matthieu Laclau
  • Son
    Yang Zhang
  • Interprétation
    Li Zhang, Mingjun Zhang
  • Production
    Xstream Pictures
  • Producteur délégué
    Zhang-Ke Jia, Yong Zhang
  • Distribution
    Ramonda Ink Pascale Ramonda :
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage
    VOST électronique

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