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2010, 89 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2010

Shot on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the transfer of the Portuguese colony of Macau to Chinese administration. It’s 1999 and the title character is on a personal pilgrimage to discover his Portuguese-Macanese roots, thereby opening up the theme of the individual’s (and an entire society’s) search for identity on the threshold of an uncertain postcolonial existence. The director’s 2008 film The Shaft competed at the 43rd KVIFF.


The film adaptation of the novel by Macanese writer Lio Chi Heng marks the 10th anniversary of the transfer of the Portuguese colony of Macau to Chinese administration. The year is 1999 and Macau television ceaselessly informs the population of preparations for the upcoming handover. In the atmosphere of the changing society, when some submit to Chinese lessons and others consider emigration, the movie’s protagonist begins to investigate his own identity. Now more than ever he senses his Portuguese- Macanese roots, which always prevented him from feeling at home with his stepfather and sister. The title character’s pilgrimage opens up the theme of the search for personal and social identity on the threshold of postcolonial life; at the time of the transfer it represented a pressing issue for the majority of Macau’s inhabitants. In long, austere sequences imbued with melancholy, the narration captures feelings of dispossession, but it also offers hope, an ineluctable element of every quest.

About the director

Chi Zhang

Chi Zhang  (b. 1977, Beijing) found work directing for China Central Television (CCTV) in 2000-2004 after graduating from Beijing’s Central Academy of Drama. After leaving the station, he began a career as a movie director and screenwriter. In 2007 Tokyo Trial (Dobgjing shenpan, 2006) added a Chinese national award for Best Screenplay to his professional credits, a prize he shared with his three co-writers. His feature The Shaft (Dixia de Tiankong, 2008) had its world premiere in the competition of the 43rd KVIFF and then screened at numerous other festivals.


Companhia de Cinematografia Hou Long (Macau) LDA.
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Chi Zhang
Screenplay: Chi Zhang
Dir. of Photography: Shumin Liu, Xiaoqun Yu
Music: Wei Dong, Jiaojiao Zhou
Editor: Jianwei Hu, Chi Zhang
Producer: Wang Yan
Production: Companhia de Cinematografia Hou Long (Macau) LDA.
Cast: Carl Ng, Carlos Ernesto Koo Ayala, Sixuan Zhou, Xiao Wang
Contact: Companhia de Cinematografia Hou Long (Macau) LDA.


Chi Zhang

Film Director

Yan Wang


Carl Ng


Lan Zhou


Chiheng Lio

Producer, Producer

Weiwen Wen

Film Crew

Carlos Ernesto Koo Ayala

Actor, Actor

Yue Wang

Film Crew

Xiaolin Zhou

Film Crew

Tiefeng Diwu

Film Crew, Film Crew


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