Zhang, twice rejected by the Beijing Film Academy, got sweet revenge as he watched his first feature burn through the international festival circuit, gathering exultant reviews along the way.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Swan Song (Juexiang)
Determined that Chinese cinema stop apeing the cultural traditions of the West, Zhang Zeming created an unapologetically subjective vision of China’s societal fissures told through the yawning generation gap between a father and son. This impressive debut is a lyrical and emotional family melodrama that dives head first into the horrible depths of the Cultural Revolution.