Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Wild Goose Lake
(Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)

 

Year: 2019
Country: CHINA, FRANCE
Run Time: 113 minutes

The Wild Goose Lake
The Wild Goose Lake
The Wild Goose Lake
The Wild Goose Lake

From China, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE lures viewers into the slick, neon underworld of its down-and-dirty gangster milieu on the outskirts of Wuhan. Chopped and screwed to dizzying effect, this hyper-stylized neo-noir explodes this classic genre into something visually mesmerizing and sonically engrossing like no other. Zhou Zenong is a hardened, stone-faced tough guy on the run after he accidentally kills a cop, and a huge sum is placed on his head—dead or alive. He soon encounters femme fatale, Liu Aiai, a weary prostitute there to deliver him to a local mob boss, using his long-estranged wife as undeniable bait. Looping through flashbacks and whirling between the hierarchies of Chinese crime dynasties and police squadrons, this kinetic feature crackles with electric filmmaking prowess from beginning to brutal end. It is an endlessly surprising, wholly unique viewing experience that marks the arrival of filmmaker Diao Yinan as a new master of the medium. (In Mandarin and French with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:50 PM ET

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM ET

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:45 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Sidebars
After Hours
Pan-Asian Cinema

Competition
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Diao Yinan

Producers
Li Li, Shen Yang

Screenwriting
Diao Yinan

Cinematography
Dong Jinsong

Editing
Kong Jinlei, Matthieu Laclau

Principal Cast
Hu Ge, Gwei Lun Mei, Liao Fan, Wan Qian, Qi Dao

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