Archive of films Mosaic Portrait / Ma sai ke shao nü
2019, 107 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
A diaphanously hypnotic story conveyed more through contemplative silence than words, in which a pregnant 14-year-old makes a surprising revelation when asked to name the father of her child. The young Chinese director follows in the footsteps of the Sixth Generation filmmakers, taking fragments of impressions and moods to craft an unsettling image of the injured heroine, who remains proud and strong. Yet despite this – or perhaps for this reason – she finds herself mired in a deep chasm of alienation.
While her friends want to fall in love, get married and do nothing, 14-year-old Ying dreams of living a different life elsewhere. Her troubling escapism also reflects the wretched fact that she suddenly finds herself pregnant. When she makes a surprising revelation as to the identity of the unborn child’s father, the quest for justice begins. This diaphanously hypnotic cinematic tale, conveyed more through contemplative silence than words, doesn’t offer a clear-cut plot; rather it examines the way in which a shocking act convulses the microcosm of a small town. The young Chinese director looks to the 6th Generation filmmakers, taking impressionistic fragments to craft an unsettling image of the injured heroine, who remains proud and strong. Even so, she finds herself mired in a deep chasm of alienation.
About the director
Zhai Yixiang (b. 1987, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China). Filmography: This Worldly Life (Huan su, 2014), Mosaic Portrait (Ma sai ke shao nü, 2019)
Room 2701 Tower B, Star City International Tower, Jiu Xian Qiao Road, Chaoyang District, 100020, Beijing
About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Wang Weihua|
|Editor:||Matthieu Laclau, Cai Yanshan|
|Art Director:||Peng Shaoying|
|Producer:||Wang Zijian, Cheng Rui|
|Cast:||Wang Yanhui, Wang Chuanjun, Zhang Tongxi|
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