A First Farewell
In collaboration with MUN Cinema Series, we are bringing a gorgeous debut feature drama to the festival, nothing less than a stunning visual pleasure of a story. After it premiered at Berlin earlier this year, the film has gone on to become a festival darling, and you will certainly appreciate why. First-time director Wang Lina dedicates this remarkable achievement to her hometown, Shaya, in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. She concentrates on two families, both Muslim Uyghur, who are confronting a rapidly changing nation. By focusing on change largely through the eyes of the children in the family, the director conveys a sense of how much these youngsters will inevitably be saying farewell to—their language and traditional cultural practices, for sure. The high naturalism here is simply awesome. Shot entirely in the region with amateur actors, the film is marked by an intense purity of vision. Unforgettable.
Director/Writer: Wang Lina
Producers: Qin Xiaoyu, Cai Qingzeng
Runtime: 88 min
Presented by the MUN Cinema series. Tickets for the MUN Cinema screening are only available for purchase at the door an hour before the screening. Purchase from the MUN Cinema Table at the Scotiabank Theatre. Festival/Delegate passes not accepted.