Bis dann, mein Sohn

A film by Wang Xiaoshuai. In Chinese (Mandarin) with German subititles.

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We’re wai­ting to grow old’. This sen­tence brief­ly sums up Yaoyun and his wife Liyun’s bit­ter rea­li­sa­ti­on about their lives. They were once a hap­py fami­ly – until their son drow­ned play­ing by a reser­voir. And so Yaojun and Liyun lea­ve their home and plun­ge into the big city, alt­hough nobo­dy knows them the­re and they can­not even under­stand the local dialect. Their adopted son Liu Xing does not offer them the com­fort they had hoped for eit­her. Defiantly rejec­ting his ‘for­eign’ par­ents, he one day dis­ap­pears altog­e­ther. The mar­ried cou­ple are repea­ted­ly enmes­hed in their memo­ries. Finally, they deci­de to return to the site of their lost hopes.
In this fami­ly saga span­ning three deca­des of Chinese histo­ry, the pri­va­te and the poli­ti­cal mer­ge and the indi­vi­du­al gets caught up in the gears of a socie­ty in the throes of con­stant chan­ge. Part melo­dra­ma, part cri­tique of the times, this film takes us from the country’s uphe­aval in the 1980s fol­lo­wing the Cultural Revolution to the pro­spe­ring tur­bo-capi­ta­lism of the pre­sent day. Told in swee­ping tableaux, it makes visi­ble the deep scars that lie beneath the sur­face of an osten­si­bly unbro­ken suc­cess story.


Di jiu tian chang
China 2019, 185 Min., chin. OmU
Regie: Wang Xiaoshuai
Kamera: Kim Hyun-seok
Schnitt: Lee Chatametikool
mit: Wang Jingchun, Yong Mei, Qi Xi, Wang Juan, Du Jiang


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BIS DANN, MEIN SOHN – offi­zi­el­ler OmU-Trailer – Kinostart 14.11.2019