To Live To Sing

Picture To Live To Sing

To Live To Sing

Original title: Huo zhe chang zhe
Director: Johnny Ma
Cast: Xiaoli Zhao, Guidan Gan, Xihu Yan
Country: China, France
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 100
Language: Chinese
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Films Boutique
Section: Panorama

Zhao Li runs an opera troupe that specializes in the classical Sichuan opera. The whole ensemble lives in the dilapidated theatre where they put on their pieces. When Zhao Li learns that the building is to be demolished, she decides to keep it a secret from the others. In the remaining time, she tries to find a new place for them to live and perform in. Based on true events, the story also works as a metaphor of old traditions struggling to survive in the modern world.

Johnny Ma

The Chinese director grew up in Toronto where he also graduated from a film school. In 2014, he participated in a program for screenwriters and directors at Sundance Institute. His graduation film Grand Canal was made after his return to China and premiered at Toronto IFF. His feature debut Old Stone was presented in Berlinale's main competition.

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