World premiere

Who is Sleeping in Silver Grey

Local title
Kes magab hõbehallis
Title in Russian
Кто спит в серебристо-сером
Original title
Bai tian zong shi tai guo man cahng
Liao Zihao
First Feature Competition

It’s 1991. Cheng Die is a piano teacher. She was born into unstable surroundings, into silence and chaos, growing up with the constant sound of her mother’s weeping. Her grandmother Yang Zipei, a celebrity from the Shanghai French Concession Renaissance, taught Cheng Die how to play the piano at an early age. The music is her sole solace and the driving force of her spirit. Now, she is involved in a passionate and forbidden love affair at school, with a married man. Her name is covered in shame. In order to avoid an even bigger scandal, she’s compelled to relocate to the town of Linyuan, far far away. Upon her arrival, she finds out that the inhabitants cannot speak. This is only the first one of a series of subtle revelations that will let Cheng Die doubt the point of her travel: is this still life or is it already a dream?

In the vein of a Bela Tarr or a young Andrej Zvjagincev, Liao Zihao’s vision is a sophisticated and delicate composition that combines music and touch. The visual experience that you’ll enjoy while watching this film is comparable to having a silken glove caressing a line of piano keys. The center of its drama relies on a dream, and a dreamlike experience is what this young artist and US-educated Chinese director will propose to you.

“Who Is Sleeping in Silver Grey” is a precious, philosophical work that reveals a new, major voice in our actual panorama of Chinese arthouse directors.

Dario Vecchiato

Liao Zihao
Liao Zihao
Yinyin Ma, Ze Ying, Lu Liu, Hongwei Wang
Enrui Shang, Yirong Zhu
Xiaosu Han, Andreas Thalhammer
Ruiliang Li, Ching-Sung Liao
Hainan Flying Sparks Film and Televison Co., Ltd.
World sales
Fortissiomo Films
Estonian, English
Liao Zihao

Liao Zihao on õppinud filmi Ohio Riiklikus Ülikoolis. Ta on lavastanud kolm lühifilmi, mis kõik linastunud mitmel rahvusvahelisel filmifestivalil: „Goodbye, Love“ (2013) Ateena ja Los Angelese filmifestivalil, „Undercurrent“ (2013) Sino filmifestivalil ning „Ringtones“ (2016) Rooma ja Los Angelese filmifestivalil. „Kes magab hõbehallis“ on režissööri esimene täispikk mängufilm.

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic


8th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening080601 / Kes magab hõbehallis
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2nd Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening090203 / Kes magab hõbehallis
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Q&A guestsHan Xiaosu - Cinematographer
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Hall Athena Center, Tartu
Screening142101 / Kes magab hõbehallis
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Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening161504 / Kes magab hõbehallis
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