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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Huo zhe chang zhe

Fortnight 2019, Feature film, 1H45
World premiere

Synopsis

Zhao Li manages a Sichuan Opera troupe that lives and performs together in a rundown theatre in the outskirts of Chengdu. When she receives an order of demolition, she hides the news, fearing that this could spell their end. Secretly, she wouldn’t mind stopping since their life has become harder over the years. But what else can she do? She also worries that her niece Dan Dan, their star, will leave them for a better future in the city. To keep her troupe “family” together, Zhao Li begins a search for a new theatre for them to both sing and live in. As she struggles with bureaucracy, the characters from the opera world that she uses to escape her troubles begin to seep into her real life…

Director

Johnny Ma

Born in China, Johnny Ma immigrated to Canada as a child. A Columbia graduate, he moved back to China for his thesis film that premiered at TIFF. His debut Old Stone premiered at the Berlinale and received the Best Canadian First Feature Award at TIFF & Best First Feature at Canadian Screen Awards.

Gan Guidan
Yan Xihu
Zhao Xiaoli

screenplay
Johnny Ma

photography
Matthias Delvaux

sound
Guido Berenblum, Sheng Yong

production design
Zhang Xueqiang

editing
Ana Godoy

music
Jongho You, Jimin Kim

Production
Shenzhen Ming Culture Communication Co.,Ltd
4F,Vanke Architecture Research Center, No. 63, Meilin Rd. Futian District,
518049 Shenzhen – Chine
T : + 86 755 831 520 34

IMAGE X Productions
28 Zhongjia Rd. Suite 1-601, Nanxiang, Jiading District
201802 Shanghai – Chine
T: +86 188 1121 5810
fdemilywong@gmail.com

Shanghai Tongyue Industrial Co., Ltd
No.1680 Hami Rd. Tower 1, Changning District,
201103 Shanghai – Chine

coproduction
House On Fire
T : +33 9 84 11 40 92
info@houseonfire.fr

foreign sales
Films Boutique
Köpenicker Strasse 184
10997 Berlin – Allemagne
T : +49 30 695 378 50
contact@filmsboutique.com
www.filmsboutique.com

distribution
Epicentre Films
55 rue de la mare
75020 Paris – France
T : +33 1 43 49 03 03
info@epicentrefilms.com
www.epicentrefilms.com

publicist
France
Claire Vorger
T:+33 6 20 10 40 56
clairevorger@orange.fr

International
Claudia Tomassini & Associates
International Film Publicity
T : +49 173 205 5794
claudia@claudiatomassini.com

Title in Original Version : To Live to Sing

Cannes projection

May 20
11h30
Théâtre Croisette

18h00
Théâtre Croisette

May 21
11h30
Théâtre de La Licorne

19h00
Studio 13