The Nightingale

Le Promeneur D’Oiseau

China | 2013 | 108 minutes | Philippe Muyl

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In this ravishingly beautiful movie, Philippe Muyl takes us on a Chinese road trip through spectacular mountain villages to discover a bucolic existence. A grandfather travels towards his memories, while his granddaughter finds simple wonders she never knew existed.

May 18, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 20, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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May 25, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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In this bittersweet and beautifully lensed family saga, veteran French filmmaker Philippe Muyl takes us on a road trip through spectacular Chinese mountain villages to discover a bucolic way of life. Zhigen’s family moved from the countryside to Beijing 20 years ago so that his son could attend university. But now, the men haven’t spoken in four years. Feeling disconnected from his family, Zhigen decides it’s time to fulfill a promise made to his late wife, to return to their village and set free a bird—who, since her death, has been Zhigen’s constant companion. Just as he’s about to leave, he’s asked to bring his spoiled granddaughter, Renxing, along. Brought up in the lap of luxury, Renxing is more familiar with iPads than with trekking through forests and rice paddies. Is it time for her to spread her wings? Meanwhile back in Beijing, Renxing’s materialistic parents start to reevaluate what life means to them. This journey of nostalgia and discovery—which thrillingly flows through the lush green countryside—brings everyone in the family closer. This Franco-Chinese coproduction is a loose remake of a story Muyl previously told as 2002’s French-language Le Papillon (The Butterfly), which was an unexpected smash with Chinese audiences.

Director Biography

Philippe Muyl, born in 1953 in Lille, France, began his career in advertising. Muyl produced and directed his first film in 1985, marking the beginning of his film career. The Nightingale is Muyl's ninth feature film, making him the first non-Chinese director to shoot a completely Chinese film.

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Director: Philippe Muyl
Principal Cast: Li Bao Tian, Li Xia Ran, Qin Hao, Yang Xin Yi
Country: China, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 108 minutes
Producer: Ning Ning, Hong Qin, Paul Delbeck, Steve René
Screenplay: Philippe Muyl, Ning Ning
Cinematographers: Ming Sun
Editors: Kako Kelber, Manuel De Sousa
Music: Armand Amar
Filmography: Stroller Bird (2012); Magic (2007); The Butterfly (2002); The Cow and the Boy (2000); Everything Must Go (1996); Kitchen and Addictions (1992); Tree Under the Sea (1984)
Language: Mandarin
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Kinology
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