"Yanagawa" is a film about two very different brothers who travel from Beijing to Yanagawa, Japan. They meet a girl who they both were in love with in their youth. One day she had disappeared without goodbyes. Wistful undertone is given by the fact that the film starts with one of the brothers getting diagnosed with cancer. The young man wishes to depart without leaving much behind, but without knowing it, he leaves so much in other people's hearts. The story takes a look at the individuals' memories and helps to make sense of the seemingly small events that sometimes play a decisive role in the course of a life. Zhang Lu precisely directs this organic and vital film, which takes the viewer to drift on the Yanagawa Canal in the light of a full moon peeking between the clouds.
Zhang Lu is a director that does not need too much introduction among filmlovers. His films have gained success in different international film festivals such as 2007’s “Desert Dream,” 2010’s “Dooman River” and last year’s “Fukuoka” at Berlin; 2001’s “Grain in Ear” at Cannes; and “Gyeongju” at Locarno. His film „A Quiet Dream“ had it’s international premiere at Tallinn which he introduced personally. He has a long history as a writer and his films are imbued with poetry of life.
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Zhang Lu (snd 1962) õppis Yenbeni Ülikoolis hiina kirjandust ja kirjutas luuletusi ning novelle. Tema 2001. aastal valminud lühifilm valiti Veneetsia võistlusprogrammi, esimese täispika mängufilmi „Tang Poetry“ väntas Lu 2004. aastal. Tema kolmandat mängufilmi „Kõrbeunistus“ näidati PÖFFil 2007. aastal, samuti on PÖFFil linastunud tema kuues täispikk film „Tumeni jõgi“ (2010) ja film „Vaikne unelm“, mis osales PÖFFi ametlikus võistlusprogrammis 2016.
Tang shi (Tang Poetry, 2003), Mang zhong (Grain in Ear, 2005), Hyazgar (Kõrbeunistus, PÖFF 2007), Iri (2008), Chongqing (2008), Dooman River (Tumeni jõgi, PÖFF 2010), Strangers (doc, segment, 2013), Pung-gyeong (Scenery, doc, 2013), Gyeongju (2014), Love And... (2015), Chun-mong (Vaikne unelm, PÖFF 2016), Joh-eun-nal (Ode to the Goose, 2019), Fukuoka (2019), Yanagawa (2021)
Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn