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January 13-19 2020

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Ye Nan, a young woman of the Dai ethnic minority, is returning from Shanghai to her small home town by the rural Sino-Burmese border. She finds her daughter alienated from her and in full opposition, and a town lacking parents – they are almost all away to make money, leaving their children in the care of grandparents and relatives. Will they find a way to bridge the gap between mother and daughter, and between tradition and progress?

THE TASTE OF RICE FLOWER depicts identity issues in today’s Chinese society, in this tiny town and both between and within the mother and daughter protagonists. And it does so elegantly, wisely and without exaggerations. The cinematography is as lyrical and breathtakingly beautiful as the scenery and scenography. An unsentimental, yet heartfelt film.

Program: 
Orginal title: 
MI HUA ZHI WEI
Director: 
Pengfei Song
Screenplay: 
Pengfei Song, Ze Ying
Photography: 
Liao Penjung
Actors: 
Ying Ze, Ye Bule, Ye Men, Yang Zuojiu, Cha Ainan, Cha Zongfang, Lin Xiaochu
Run time: 
1 hour 35 min
Year: 
2017
Country: 
China
Dialogue: 
Mandarin, Dai
Subtitles: 
English
Producer: 
Jing Liu, Pengfei, Rebecca Ho
Sales: 
Go Global
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Bejing born Pengfei Song (b. 1982) graduated in Films at the Institut International de l’Image et du Son (Paris, France). He returned to China in 2006, where he became a longtime collaborator of Tsai Ming-Liang, acclaimed master of Asian cinema, and co-writer of his film STRAY DOGS. Pengfei's debut UNDERGROUND FRAGRANCE won Fedeora Best Film Award at 2015 Venice Film Festival.