Black Blood

  • 128'
  • China
  • 2011
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, supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, tells a small and personal story against the background of an ecological disaster. In the valley where the film was shot, there is also in reality no water anymore. ‘Water is more valuable than blood and many villages have already been deserted,’ according to Zhang Miaoyan. Zhang films the poor odd-jobbers for more than two hours in hypnotic black-and-white and - very briefly - in equally stunning colours.

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Director
Zhang Miaoyan
Premiere
World première
Countries of production
China, France
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
128'
Medium
HDcam
Language
Mandarin
Producers
Zhang Miaoyan, Guillaume de Seille
Production Companies
Rice Production, Arizona Productions
Sales
Arizona Productions
Screenplay
Zhang Miaoyan, Yang Zhihong
Cinematography
Zhang Miaoyan
Editor
Zhang Miaoyan
Sound Design
Jin Juhong
Cast
Mao Danhui, Liu Mengjuan
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund
Website
http://arizonafilms.fr/bb_equipe.html