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by Xiaoling Zhu


In a small mountain village in southern China lives A Qiu, a 12-year-old girl with high hopes of becoming a writer and traveling the world. But life is tough in the autonomous Guangxi province, home of the Dong people, and her dreams seem hard to reach. Her parents have left to work in the city, and A Qiu and her little brother stay with their grandparents. They go to school and help out in the family's rice paddy every day. When the grandmother suddenly dies, the parents have to come home to work in the rice paddy, but life is a constant struggle to make ends meet.

original title: La Rizière
country: France
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Xiaoling Zhu
film run: 82'
release date: FR 02/05/2012
screenplay: Xiaoling Zhu, Simon Pradinas
cast: Xiang Chuifen, Shi Guangjin, Wu Shenming
cinematography by: Philippe Bottiglione
film editing: Pierre Haberer, Simon Pradinas, Xiaoling Zhu
art director: Christelle Didier
music: Bruno Coulais
producer: Simon Pradinas, Jean de Trégomain, Xiaoling Zhu
production: Orient Studio Productions, Vidéo de Poche, 3,2,1 Films
distributor: Zelig Films Distribution

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Berlinale 2013 Culinary Cinema Film & Food

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