Spring Sparrow

  • Feature
  • 2019
  • 87 Minutes
  • China
  • Language: Mandarin and Chinese

In 1982, China begins its modernization. Farmers are allowed to sell their crops in the city: the rural exodus starts. Qun, a young man from Hebei Province, dreams of a better future.

Director: Jingxiang Li

Screenwriter: Jingxiang Li

Production Company: Demain films

Premier Status: World Premiere


Film Critic

Optimistic look

Mehrzad Danesh

Mehrzad Danesh

In 1982, China begins its modernization. Farmers are allowed to sell their crops in the city and the rural exodus starts. Qun, a young man from Hebei Province, dreams of a better future. Admitted to the University, he rides his bike to Beijing with three friends to pay for his studies. From peasant to merchant the road is long, the confrontation with the city and the filial thoughts make a young man grow. Spring Sparrowset inthe early 1980s, when China faces new social and economic development and as a result rural farmers come to cities to sell their agricultural products. The atmosphere prepares a context for the film directorto review maturity and independence for the leading role through a simple story and without any complexity and dramatic features. The main feature of the film is simplicity, and all issues are dealt with before turning into drama.The filmmakerhas optimistic view of the characters and environment, even the bad-tempered father who gambles turns intoa happy camper at theend.


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Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Jingxiang Li

Producer: Li Guotian, Jingxiang Li

DOP / Camera: Enzo Riedinger

Editor: Enzo Riedinger, Jingxiang Li

Music: Henri Tournier, Marc Hansmann

Sound: Benjamin Lhotellier

Production Designer: none none

Cast: Shujie Wu, Xinglin Li, Hongyang Ji, Zilong Yang, Shaoqian Luo, Gang Xue, Dongping Ma, Jiali Wang


Director

Jingxiang Li

Jingxiang Li was born in 1984 in Beijing. In 2006 she graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in drama performance, then at University of Montreal and Concordia University in Canada, obtaining two Master’s degrees. In 2017, she shot her first film “Spring Sparrow”.

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