International Premiere

Stars Await Us

Local title
Tähtede poole
Original title
蓝色列车
Director
Dalei Zhang
Country
China
Year
2019
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

Zhang Dalei’s highly anticipated second feature, "Stars Await Us" is a unique work that confirms the director as one of the most original and creative filmmakers in the vibrant panorama of contemporary Chinese cinema.

Set in a city situated between Russia and China in the 1990’s, the story actually seems to take place in a timeless location and seems to depict archetypal figures, suspended in a realm of cinematographic imagery which privileges suggestive ambiances over facts.

And so, special atmospheres, scarce dialogues and suggestive songs immersed in a striking visual setting render with ease the intriguing story of Ma Biao, a man who has served time in prison, and comes back to look for Karinna the woman he has loved and still loves, whom he cannot find but keeps seeing in the features of other women, like the lady who sells bread at a local shop.

Even Wei and Xixi, the young couple, whom he has met at the car repair shop remind him of the relationship he had with Karinna, so when Wei gets in trouble with the local gangster, he wants to help him avoid making the same mistakes he has done once and wants to put a closure to his past grudges. But the past will come back to haunt him, like the elusive image of Karinna.

Giovanna Fulvi

Director
Dalei Zhang
Screenwriter
Dalei Zhang, Xiao Rui
Cast
Liang Jingdong, Hai Qing, Zhang Ninghao, Huang Lili, Li Nan
Producer
Li Wenliang, Zhang Jian
DoP
Liu Yonghong
Editor
Liao Ching-song, Dalei Zhang
Runtime
Language
Chinese
Director
Dalei Zhang

Dalei Zhang (snd 1982) on lõpetanud Peterburi Riikliku Filmi- ja Televisiooniülikooli Venemaal. Ta on lavastanud mitmeid lühifilme nagu „The Sunday, Story Bridge“ ja „One Day I Looked Down“ ning kirjutanud käsikirju filmidele „FUZZ“, „Blue Train“ ja „A Star Called the Sun“. Tema 2016. aastal valminud debüütmängufilmi „Suvi on läinud“ näidati ka PÖFFil.

Ba Yue (Suvi on läinud, PÖFF 2016), Stars Await Us (2020)

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening150103 / Tähtede poole
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening165001 / Tähtede poole
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening162203 / Tähtede poole
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 6 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening170402 / Tähtede poole
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker