He Film (2011, France)

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Author/Director: Liliane de Kermadec
Producer: Tita Productions
Country: France
Length: 52′ / 75′

About China

SYNOPSIS

For 37 years, first on foot, by bike and then motorcycle, He Fu Quang has been travelling the back roads of Sichuan bringing wherever he goes “culture and cinema,” as he says.

Offered by the Chinese government, the films are now sent via satellite from Beijing to Chengdu where He Fu Quang, known as “He Film”, will get them and take them on his hard drives. As he arrives in a village or an isolated farm in the bamboo forest, he displays a large screen and, at night, the show starts. China of the countryside and of the city in front of the cinema screen…

“The Chinese government provides the villages in the mountains of Sichuan (China) with films. The main character of this film is a projectionist who, 37 years ago, used to carry his old projector on foot and bicycle. He would display a small screen across the road or between trees in front of a farm… It’s the same today except that he rides a motorcycle, carries a large screen and that the films travel two thousand kilometers from Beijing to Chengdu by satellite, before he picks them up on his motorcycle. Up in the mountains, people bring a stool out on the road and watch. That story takes place in Beijing and the beautiful mountains covered with bamboos above Chengdu” (imdb.com)

During 37 years, at first on foot, then by bike and by motorcycle, He Fu Quan crosses the small roads of Szechuan, bringing wherever he goes “the culture and the cinema” as he says. Offered by the Chinese government, movies are sent by satellite from Beijing to Chengdu where they are copied in a hard disc. He Fu Quan takes it to a remote village or a farm isolated in the forest of bamboos. He hangs a screen across the road, everyone brings a stool and, as soon as it gets dark, the projection begins.

For 37 years, first on foot, by bike and then motorcycle, He Fu Quang has been travelling the back roads of Sichuan bringing wherever he goes “culture and cinema,” as he says. Offered by the Chinese government, the films are now sent via satellite from Beijing to Chengdu where He Fu Quang, known as “He Film”, will get them and take them on his hard drives. As he arrives in a village or an isolated farm in the bamboo forest, he displays a large screen and, at night, the show starts. China of the countryside and of the city in front of the cinema screen… (GISFF)

TEAM

Director : Liliane de Kermadec.
Photography,
Sound : Philippe Chevallier, Liliane de Kermadec.
Editing : Philippe Chevallier, Anja Lucke

Liliane de Kermadec’s page on IMDb and Wikipedia

PRODUCTION & FUNDING

Coproduction: Bel Air Media
TV participation: Cinécinéma

With the support of Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, CNC
Original version: Chinese

CONTACTS

Distribution: Andana Films

Versions available: Originale version French version
 
ON THE WEB

Film presentation on IMDb and andanafilms.com

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2012 : FIFF-Festival International de Films de Femmes – Créteil (France) – Sélection
2011 : GISFF (Gotham Screen International Film Festival) – New York (États-Unis) – Sélection
2011 : The Accolade Film, Television, New Media & Videography Awards – San Diego (États-Unis) – Award of Excellence

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