The Song of Cotton

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China | 2016 | 98 min. (incl. 8 min. short film) | Zhu Yuancheng

After accepting a job as a full-time caretaker for an ex-boxer who suffers from senile dementia, a young woman develops a close bond with her patient. A heartfelt drama based on a short story by National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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SIFF Cinema Uptown

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Friday, June 9, 2017

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AMC Pacific Place

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Director Zhu Yuancheng brings to life a story of relationships, based on National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin's short story "A Pension Plan." This film follows Mianhua, a young woman looking for a job to give her a little independence. After much searching, she is hired as a full-time caretaker for Mr. Sheng, an ex-boxer who suffers from Alzheimer's. Mianhua must learn to deal with the stubborn, petulant old man as well as convince his distrustful daughter Qin that she is perfect for the job, despite having no prior experience. As she gets to know Mr. Sheng and develop a relationship with him, she must navigate her feelings and separate the real from the imagined. The Song of Cotton addresses the struggles that come to young people figuring out their life, as well as the challenges faced when they fear they have made the wrong decision. Zhu is able to creatively tell this story onscreen with the same astute attention to detail that Jin utilizes in his writing.

Director Biography

Yuancheng Zhu has written such screenplays as X Man's Life and Xiaomin The Village Officer and Si Gang Li and the TV series "Finding Suman." They are a film critic columnist for the magazine Film Stories Monthly and the executive director for From the Same Roots.

Sponsored by WASA North America Group, Hainan Airlines, Beijing Film Academy

  • Director: Zhu Yuancheng
  • Principal Cast: Yan Bingyan, Wang Deshun
  • Premiere Status: U.S.
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 98 min. (incl. 8 min. short film)
  • Producer: Zhang Huijun, Sun Laigui, Sun Jing
  • Screenplay: Zhu Yuancheng, Wu Bo
  • Cinematographers: Qiu Zhen
  • Editors: Peng Dong
  • Music: Wang Yuxiang
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Chinese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Movie View International

Preceded by Short Film: "I Come From Prairie"

This film will be preceded by the short film "Free Throw Line" (China | 2016 | 8 minutes |Aersibieke Nuhan)

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