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SHE, A CHINESE

by Xiaolu Guo

synopsis

Mei, a young Chinese girl bored with life in her little village, decides to quit for the nearest town, Chongqing. But life there isn’t much easier either; sacked from a clothing factory shortly after starting work, she makes do with a job in a hairdressing salon. There she meets and falls for Spikey, a local mafia’s contract killer. For this brute of a man – who has no qualms about asking her to beat him in the street with a nunchaku – she seems simply another notch on the bedpost. One evening, he comes home covered in blood and dies at her feet. Mei discovers several bundles of banknotes under his mattress, and sets off for London where she has an opportunity to marry Mister Hunt, a man of seventy. In her new husband’s silent home, a new life begins. Will she be satisfied with this monotonous routine?

international title: She, a Chinese
original title: She, a Chinese
country: United Kingdom, France, Germany
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Xiaolu Guo
film run: 98'
release date: GB 26/02/2010, DE 04/02/2010, HU 29/04/2010, PL 11/06/2010, ES 16/07/2010, FR 08/09/2010
screenplay: Xiaolu Guo
cast: LU Huang, Wei Yi Bo, Geoffrey Hutchings, Chris Ryman
cinematography by: Zillah Bowes
film editing: Andrew Bird
music: John Parish
producer: Natasha Dack, Sylvain Bursztejn, Christian Kux
production: Tigerlily Films, Warp Films, UK Film Council, Fonds Sud CInéma (FR), Film4
backing: Screen Yorkshire, EM Media, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
distributor: StudioCanal, Camino Filmverleih, AP Mañana, Golem Distribución, Les Films du Paradoxe

main awards/selection

Locarno International Film Festival Golden Leopard (international competition)
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