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Egg and Stone
Jidan he shitou
dir. Huang Ji / China 2012 / 97’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Yao Hong-gui, Xiao Pin-gao, Liu Xiao-lin

awards

Rotterdam IFF 2012 – Tiger Award; Las Palmas FF 2012 – Special Jury Award

Film description

In her debut feature, young director Huang Ji returns to her home village in southern China to trace a story inspired by life experience.

Fourteen years old, Honggui lives with her aunt an uncle while her parents search for work in the city. Her aunt spends her days playing mahjong and the girl only avoids her uncle. Honggui tries to spark a friendship with a young quarry worker, but he is too busy and tired from work to pay much attention. Lonely, she bears her burdens in solitude.

The director’s raw, direct style and vision offer a searing depiction of women’s condition in rural China, where centuries of tradition have not been erased by recent years of economic progress and a system of patriarchal oppression continues unchanged.

Prepared by: Agnieszka Kamrowska

Information about director

Huang Ji

Director Huang Ji was born in Hunan Province in 1984, in the village where she filmed her debut feature. She studied writing for the screen at the Beijing Film Academy and made her festival circuit debut at the Berlinale in 2009, with the short The Warmth Of Orange Peel. This year, she makes her feature debut with Egg and Stone, first screened at the Rotterdam IFF, where it received top honors.

Filmpography

2005 Dixia / Underground Mark Six (doc.)

2009 Juzipi de wendu / The Warmth of Orange Peel (short)

2012 Jajko i kamień / Jidan he shitou / Egg and Stone

Prepared by: Agnieszka Kamrowska

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director: Huang Ji
screenplay: Huang Ji
cinematography: Ryuji Otsuka
editing: Ryuji Otsuka
cast: Yao Hong-gui, Xiao Pin-gao, Liu Xiao-lin
producer: Otsuka Ryuji, Hsu Hsiao-ming
production: Yellow-Green Pi
sales: Yellow-Green Pi
awards: Rotterdam IFF 2012 – Tiger Award; Las Palmas FF 2012 – Special Jury Award
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour
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