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by Johnny Ma


Zhao Li manages a Sichuan Opera troupe that lives and performs together in a rundown theatre in the outskirts of Chengdu. When she receives an order of demolition, she hides the news, fearing that this could spell their end. Secretly, she wouldn’t mind stopping since their life has become harder over the years. But what else can she do? She also worries that her niece Dan Dan, their star, will leave them for a better future in the city. To keep her troupe “family” together, Zhao Li begins a search for a new theatre for them to both sing and live in. As she struggles with bureaucracy, the characters from the opera world that she uses to escape her troubles begin to seep into her real life…

international title: To Live to Sing
original title: Huo zhe chang zhe
country: China, France
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Johnny Ma
film run: 105'
release date: FR 20/11/2019
screenplay: Johnny Ma
cast: Gan Guidan, Yan Xihu, Zhao Xiaoli
cinematography by: Matthias Delvaux
film editing: Ana Godoy
art director: Zhang Xueqiang
music: Jongho You, Jimin Kim
producer: Xianjian Wu, Jing Wang, Vincent Wang
production: House on Fire, Image X Productions (CN)
distributor: Epicentre Films
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