The stories of all families are played out at dinner time – in provincial China as elsewhere. In this extraordinary film, a year of crises in a working class migrant family are lived out around their dining table. In January the father returns from the country to his wife demanding her mother-in-law leave their home. In February the hated mother-in-law succumbs to a stroke. But the small children’s shoes have to be replaced and the teenage daughter will not be happy until they all eat with new chopsticks. Twelve months, thirteen meals. Thirteen locked off shots painted from palettes Caravaggio and Vermeer gifted us.
Introduced by Ma Jian
Ma Jian's Red Dust won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, and he most recently published The Dark Road longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.2011. He lives in the UK after being exiled from China for his writing.
Grand Jury Award nominee