Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

  • 150'
  • China
  • 2019

'Dwelling in the Funchun Mountains' was originally the title of a legendary, 15th-century scroll by painter Huang Gongwang. Gu Xiaogang's calm, yet captivating debut was also visually inspired by the constrained humanism of Taiwanese masters such as Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien. Like a scroll which can only be seen bit by bit, the 150-minute film depicts a year in the life of the Yu Family (grandmother, four sons and all their children and dependents) in Fuyang, providing a panoramic view of the many societal changes affecting Chinese provincial towns.

Gu used personal loans to start filming in his home town before the indie start-up Factory Gate joined in. The complexity and consistent production design are all the more surprising, given the fact that the maker has never been to film school. His choice to solely use non-professionals as his cast is entirely convincing.

Director
Gu Xiaogang
Country of production
China
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
150'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Chun jiang shui nuan
Language
Chinese
Producers
Chen Suey, Sung Megan
Production Company
Beijing Qu Jing Pictures
Sales
Wild Bunch
Screenplay
Gu Xiaogang
Cinematography
Yu Ninghui, Deng Xu
Editor
Liu Xinzhu
Production Design
Zhou Xingyu
Sound Design
Li Danfeng, Ma Cong
Music
Dou Wei
Cast
Qian Youfa, Wang Fengjuan, Zhang Guoying, Zhang Renliang, Sun Zhangwei, Sun Zhangjian