Stammering Ballad

Zhang Nan

Moving portrait of Chinese singer Ga Song. A charming loner who wanders from city to city with his acoustic guitar and three-stringed sanxian, alternating with mountain hikes. The camera follows his every move both at the atmospherically shot gigs and while he travels, eats and sleeps, making this nomadic life tangible. His idiosyncratic folk variant attracts a small audience, and a half-hearted shot at fame by participating in China’s Got Talent gets him nowhere.

Gradually it becomes apparent why Ga leads such a wandering, disassociated life: the village he grew up in became uninhabitable due to drought, only ruins lie there now; the place he pines for no longer exists. By singing old folk songs, Ga resists modern China’s breakneck progress that even sacrificed some of his beloved mountains.

Part of Scopitone Cafe, an eclectic mix of documentaries about music and how it is experienced. Stick around for fun, music and a Q&A. The bar is open! Free admission

Screenings

  • Schouwburg Kleine Zaal
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 4
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Kino 3
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Zhang Nan
Premiere
World premiere
Country
China
Year
2018
Medium
File
Length
111’
Language
Chinese
Producer
Ruby Chen, Sinae Ha, Zhang Yong
Production Company
CNEX Studio Corporation
Sales
First Hand Films
Cinematography
Zhang Nan
Editor
Zhang Nan, Feng Xi