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by Zhang Yuan


Qiang is four years old and something of a rebel. Armed with a pair of sparkling eyes and a precocious, indomitable will, he attends a well-organised kindergarten in Beijing – because his parents are rarely at home. It is not long after the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949 and the new na­tion is still quite young. Life at kindergarten is meant to be an enriching experience, full of diversity. But Qiang finds it hard trying to fit into such an organised, communal life. A born individualist, he does his best to follow the teachers’ instructions but, try as he might, he is doomed to failure. And yet he longs to reap the rewards accorded to the other children, and receive the little red flowers awarded for laudable contributions. But Qiang is never a recipient. He can’t dress himself and doesn’t play with the other children. Moreover, he even dares to contradict his teacher Li and headteacher, when they try to discipline him. However, his behaviour begins to win him the admiration of the other children. Their tiny kernel of resistance grows even stronger when Qiang persuades the other children that their teacher Li is a child-eating monster in disguise. When their attempt to hold her prisoner goes awry, Qiang’s rebellion takes on such disturbing proportions that he finds himself completely isolated by his comrades.
Based on Wang Shuo's Kanshangqu Henmei romance.

original title: Kan Shang Qu Hen Mei
country: Italy, China
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Zhang Yuan
release date: IT 12/01/2007, FR 27/12/2006
screenplay: Zhang Yuan, Ning Dai
cast: Dong Bowen, Ning Yuanyuan, Chen Manyuan, Zhao Rui, Li Xiaofeng
cinematography by: Yang Gao
film editing: Jacopo Quadri
art director: Huo Tingxiao
music: Carlo Crivelli
producer: Marco Müller, Zhang Yuan
production: Rai Cinema, Cinecittà Luce S.p.A, Good-Tidings, Citic Culture and Sports Enterprises Ltd, Century Hero Film Investment Ltd, Beijing Century (CN)
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà

main awards/selection

Berlinale 2006 CICAE Award
Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2006 FICC Jury: Special Mention, Prize of the Postimees Jury

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