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Director
Miaoyan Zhang

Filmography
2007 Xiaolin Xiaoli
2010 Black Blood

Biography
He was born in Manchuria in 1964. Growing up during the Cultural Revolution, he barely had a chance to see films. Studying Art at UC Berkeley enabled him to watch foreign movies nonstop. He wrote stories about contemporary China, but none were published due to state censorship. In 2006, he borrowed money to make his first movie, Xiaolin Xiaoli, which screened at several international film festivals and won two awards. Black Blood is his second feature film.

Main program

Black Blood / Miaoyan Zhang

In a remote mountain village in the northwest of China, close to a nuclear test zone, the poverty-stricken Xiaolin sells his blood to pay his daughter’s school fees. Together with his wife Xiaojuan, he tries to set up a business. At first that seems very lucrative, but then fate strikes: it turns out that both Xiaolin and Xiaojuan are infected with HIV, just like thousands of other poor people, who illegally sell their blood to be able to buy something as essential as water. Black Blood tells a small and personal story against the background of an ecological disaster.


Director:Miaoyan Zhang
Script:Miaoyan Zhang, Zhihong Yang
Cinematography:Miaoyan Zhang
Editing:Miaoyan Zhang
Sound:Jin Juhong
Music:Andy F. Butler, Annette Bauer
With:Mao Danhui (Xiaolin), Liu Mengjuan (Xiaojuan)
World Sales:Arizona Films, France Guillaume de Seille T. +33 9 5452 5572 benedicte@arizonafilms.net www.arizonafilms.net
Producer:Miaoyan Zhang, Guillaume de Seille
Production:Rice Productions, China zhang_miaoyan@yahoo.com & Arizona Films, France
Production Country:China-France
Format:HD Cam Color-B&W
Duration:123'
Production Year:2010
Prix Netpac - Rotterdam IFF 2011
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 21:30 | ID:656
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 11, 2011 - 14:45 | ID:742
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