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Director
Li Ruijun

Filmography
Selected
2007 Summer Solstice!
2010 Lao lu tóu/The Old Donkey
2012 Gaosu tamen, wo cheng baihe qu le/Fly with the Crane

Biography
He was born in Gansu Province, China in 1983. In 2003, he graduated from the Management School of the Professional Training Academy of Radio, Film, and Television of China. Fly with the Crane is his third feature film. His debut feature film, Summer Solstice!, won the Special Feature Award at the 9th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers. In 2010, he completed his second feature film The Old Donkey, which premiered at the Pusan IFF, and was invited to 30 film festivals around the world. In 2011, Li’s fourth script project, Where Is My Home?, was selected by the 9th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and received the Wouter Barendrecht Award. The project also received additional script awards from the Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam IFF (2011) and the Global Film Initiative 2012.

Main Program

Fly with the Crane / Li Ruijun

73-year-old Ma and his good friend Cao were once coffin makers. Since the Chinese government implemented the practice of cremation, the demand for coffins dried up. Ma now spends his days with his grandchildren. When Ma returns from spending the mid-Autumn festival with his daughter and her family, he is told that Cao has passed away and that his coffin is secretly buried in a cornfield next to a lake. Later, Ma claims to have seen a white crane by the lake but none of his children believe him. Ma waits by the lake everyday and becomes a laughingstock of the neighborhood. Ma’s grandson asks why he is waiting for the white crane. Ma replies: “I worked so hard to raise your father, uncle and aunt, but now they want to turn me into a pile of ash. I want to be carried to heaven by the white crane.” Realizing that this is but a dream, his little grandchildren innocently propose to take the matter into their own hands.


Director:Li Ruijun
Script:Li Ruijun, based on the novel Tell Them I’ve Gone with the White Crane, by Su Tong
Cinematography:Yang Jin
Editing:Li Ruijun
Sound:Wang Changrui
Music:Xiao He
Art Direction:Li Ruijun
With:Ma Xingchun, Tang Long, Wang Siyi
World Sales:PAD International (Producers Alliance for Distribution), Hong Kong (China) Li Dandan T. +852 8176 7262 support@padinternational.net www.padinternational.net
Producer:Li Ruijun, Yang Cheng
Production:Heaven Pictures & Culture & Media Co. Ltd. (China)
Production Country:China
Format:HDCAM Color
Duration:99'
Production Year:2012
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 18:00 | ID:644
FRIDA LIAPPA:Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 15:45 | ID:943
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