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A group of irrepressible senior citizens living in a nursing home in China experience renewed, youthful energy when they decide to compete in a televised acting and variety show competition.

Schedule
May 28, 2013 6:00 PM Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center Date has passed
May 31, 2013 2:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
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A group of residents at the Guanshan Nursing Home in northern China are the charming ensemble cast of this heartwarming film by director Zhang yang. Some of the residents have poor health and are struggling against illness, some are bitter towards their families for institutionalizing them, and some are simply trying to stay entertained. The group of senior citizens develops a youthful energy when one of them decides that they should compete in a televised acting and variety show competition. The enterprising elderly cohort bands together to write, act, and direct a dramatic piece, despite having very little acting experience. They are determined to present their work at the competition, which will take place in a town near the seaside. The seniors must disobey the orders of a humorless nurse who wants to stop them from embarking on the dangerous journey, but these irrepressible, intrepid seniors find a way to realize their shared dream by buying a bus and sneaking out of the nursing home. On their trip, they discover a renewed zeal for life and experience the unparalleled pleasure of striving for and achieving an unlikely dream.

Director Biography
Zhang Yang was born March 28, 1967 in Beijing, China. In 1997, he directed his first feature Spicy Love Soup. His third feature Quitting (2001) scored at the Chinese box office and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Stockholm Film Festival.

Sponsored in part by Delta, East Asia Center UW, The Safeway Foundation

Director: Zhang Yang
Principal Cast: Huanshan Xu, Tianming Wu, Li Bin, Bingyan Yan
Country: China
Year: 2012
Running Time: 104 minutes
Producer: Ann An, Li Li, Qiang Zhang
Screenplay: Xin Huo, Chong Zhang
Cinematographers: Tao Yang
Editors: Hongyu Yang
Music: San Bao
Website: http://www.fortissimo.nl/catalogue_lineup_title.aspx?ProjectId=9076f576-6e90-e111-83dc-423bed86654e
Awards: Tokyo International Film Festival 2012 (Asian Film Award Special Mention)
Filmography: Driverless (2010); Getting Home (2007); Sunflower (2005); Quitting (2001); Shower (1999); Spicy Love Soup (1998)
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Yes
Format: HDCAM
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