Cars and trucks only just avoid hitting Zhou Jun. With a half-empty bottle of booze in his hand and a photo hung around his neck, he staggers towards the oncoming traffic. He’s lost his little boy, he mutters to a taxi driver who picks him up and takes him on a free night-time ride. The men may not even know where they’re going.

This is the start of Walking in Darkness, a frame story told from the back seat, where Zhou Jun slowly sobers up as his flashbacks get closer to a confrontational reality. Writer and director Tang Tang, who based his film on the book A Walking Cigarette, seamlessly intertwines memories from different periods. Events from an unruly wedding are smoothly mixed with Zhou Jun’s quest for his son. And for old lovers, who disappeared mysteriously. With his fragmentary editing, Tang deliberately sets out to confuse, eventually reaching a conclusion that is both oppressive and liberating.

Screenings

  • Mon 28 Jan Cinerama 7
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  • Tue 29 Jan Pathé 3
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  • Wed 30 Jan Cinerama 6
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  • Fri 1 Feb LantarenVenster 5
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  • Sat 2 Feb Cinerama 4
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Filmmaker
Tang Tang
Premiere
World premiere
Country
China
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
102’
Language
Chinese
Producer
Cici Li, Xueting Li
Sales
Tang Tang
Writer
Tang Tang
Cinematography
Tang Tang, Luchang Kan
Editor
Haijun Li, Tang Tang
Sound Design
Yalei Peng
Music
Yin Xu
Cast
Liguo Yuan, Ninghui Geng, Buque Qin, Xincan Wang