Hello, Mr. Tree!

  • 88'
  • China
  • 2011
Rapid urbanisation in China, seen through slightly absurdist spectacles. A mining company takes over a dusty village in the Chinese hinterland and the inhabitants are sent to the settlement New Sun City that still has to be built. At first the pressure is gentle.
The sleepy and rather unworldly Mr Shu - the Chinese word for tree - doesn’t seem to notice any of it. He just tries to carry on his life with the aid of several old friends, and he wants to win the love of the deaf-mute Xiao Mei.
Han Jie based his film on what he has seen happen in recent years in the villages in the Chinese hinterland that he visited: the working population moves to the big cities and thanks to the large-scale exploitation of the land, the areas left behind are increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters. His film puts these developments together into a narrative filled with mild humour and allegorical layers.

Director
Han Jie
Country of production
China
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
88'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Hello, Shu Xian Sheng!
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Jia Zhangke
Production Company
Xstream Pictures
Sales
United Star
Screenplay
Han Jie
Cinematography
Lai Yiu-fai
Editor
Matthieu Laclau, Baek Seung-Hoon
Production Design
Liu Qiang
Sound Design
Zhang Yang
Music
Lim Giong
Cast
Wang Baoqiang, Tan Zhuo