A Time in Quchi
(SHU JIA ZUO YE)
Director: Chang Tso-chi
Screenplay: Chang Tso-chi
Cinematographer: Kuo Yuang Ching, Jacky Chen, Shu Chih Chun
Editor: Chang Tso-chi
Sound: Hsieh Hui-ching
Music: Wu Rui-ra
Cast: Yang-Liang-yu, Kuan Yun-lung, Yen Yun-heng, Yao Han-yi, Cheng Jen-shuo, Jin Zi-yan, Hsieh Ming-chuan, Gao Shui-lian
Production: Chang Tso-chi Film Studio
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Tel: 0033 1 83 62 51 47
DCP, Color, 109 min, OV Mandarin Chinese with French subtitles
Official Competition Locarno Film Festival 2014
At the end of his school semester, Bao is sent to his widower grandfather in Quchi, as his parents are planning to divorce. Depressed and sullen he joins a small primary school where he discovers that a girl pupil has the same nickname as him: ‘Bear’. Bao also gets friendly with Mingchuan, a local boy secretly in love with Bear. These two friends make Bao’s life happier at a time of family distress, allowing him to reconsider his vision about life.
With realism and sensitivity and avoiding excessive Manichaeism, Chang-Tso-chi shows how the traditional way of life in the country side can make people as happy, if not more, as the modern hectic life.
“A Time in Quchi”was shot not far from Taipei in Quchi, a jewel swathed in the greenery where two rivers merge, a shelter for broken hearts.