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Two Great Sheep

Two Great Sheep

(Hao da yi dui yang)

by Liu Hao

China

 

Two Great Sheep

Director: Liu Hao

Script: Liu Hao

Cinematographer: Li Bingqiang

Editing: Qia Jinglin, Liu Hao

Sound: Wang Hongxia

Music: Xu Zhitong

Cast: Sun Yunkun, Jiang Zhikun

Production: New Film Studio of Beijing, Starlight International Media Co.

Contact:
New Film project of Chinese Youth Directors
N°23A Tuanjiehu Rd
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100026 - China
Tel: +86.10.8596.9353
Fax: +86.10.8596.9356
Mail: newfilmstudio@yahoo.com

Year: 2004

35 mm, Colour, 100 min
OV Mandarinwith English Subtitles
Electronic French Subtitles

Unreleased
French Premiere

Deshan is an old farmer living at the outskirts of a remote village, in an extremely poor mountainous area. He farms the harsh soil of his homeland, barely managing to scrape enough food to feed his wife. He shares a hard, but serene destiny with his fellow villagers until the government intervenes in his life in the manner of a clumsy god. One day, two rare foreign sheep appear on Deshan's threshold like mysterious and beautiful mythological beings from another world - heavenly creatures sent by the leaders of the municipality to improve the old farmer's life and the village's meagre economy. Deshan thus becomes the talk of the community, the lucky chosen one, the custodian of the village's heart of gold. But the capricious sheep require fancy food and specialized daily care - more than Deshan would have envisioned for the children he has never had.

Following the lulling rhythm of Deshan's ups and downs and frequent comings and goings, Two Great Sheep wends its way into the viewer's memory. The film draws from the harsh geography of rural China a solid, archaic elegance, perfectly suited to this caustically bitter story of humanity struggling at the mercy of unkind nature and a myopic, distant government.

 
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