67th Venice Film Festival
During the festival people can watch Julien's film "Better Life" twice:
3 September 17:15 - Sala Perla
4 September 15:00 - Sala Volpi
This film contains music recorded by ChoP vol. 1 (Grzegorz Bojanek & Zen Lu)
festival web page: http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/
Better Life explores desires and fantasies, examining the ambitions and dreams that drive people to risk everything for a “better life”. The film does this through three interweaving “ghost” stories, unwinding simultaneously: scenes of contemporary Shanghai and the Shanghai Film Studios are intercut with a telling of the 15th-century Chinese fable, The Tale of Yishan Island featuring Maggie Cheung as the Goddess Mazu. Within these strands, Julien brings in a reworking of the famous 1934 Chinese silent film, Shen nu (The Goddess). With poems by contemporary Chinese poet Wang Ping, Julien has created his own cinematic meditation on China’s ancient past and present.
Better Life by Isaac Julien - UK, China, 55'
language: English, Chinese, Mandarin - s/t English/Italian
Maggie Cheung, Zhao Tao, Yang Fudong