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DOOMAN RIVER

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DOOMAN RIVER

Director: Zhang Lu
China   |   2009   |   89 minutes
Korean and Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

ON DVD: Spring/Winter 2013


Synopsis Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around 12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river-border with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho even bonds over soccer with one young border-crosser who comes scavenging food for a sibling. But he soon turns on his new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected aggression, provoking a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical border.


About the Director Zhang Lu was born in Jilin-Sheng, China in 1962. He studied Chinese literature at Yenben University and began writing poetry and novels in 1986. He made his feature debut with Tang Poetry in 2004, and his second feature film, Grain in Ear, was invited to the 2005 Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the ACID/CCAS Support Award. Dooman River is his fifth feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


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DVD Release Date: October 2012


Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.



CAST

Chang-ho - Cui Jian
Soon-hee - Yin Lan
Jeong-jin - Li Jinglin
Grand-father - Lin Jinlong
Chul-bu - Jin Xuansheng

CREW

Director - Zhang Lu
Writer - Zhang Lu
Executive Producers: Li Zhan, Zhang Xueyan
Producers - Lee Jeong Jin, Guillaume de Seille, Woo Hye Kyung
Associate Producer: Rémi Roy
Director of Photography- Xu Wei
Art Director - Zhu Guangxuan
Editor - François Quiqueré
Sound - Wang Ran, Marc Nouyrigat, Frédéric Théry
REVIEWS

“…it's rare to find a film the blends the talent of several different nations. But just as the real-life Dooman River bridges the gap between China and North Korea, the film revolving around the well-known landmark merges the talent of both countries to tell a story centered in one of the most dangerous immigration zones in the world.”-Asian Movie Pulse

"Such closing antics are unfortunately too little, too late, in a film whose best moments offer up a docu-style depiction of life in a village that's far removed from China's industrialized economy, and whose small, joyless population survives on the occasional fish delivery, or on monies sent home by relatives working in the south. While the starving Koreans are much worse off, the Chinese seem to be barely scraping by, and the frontier that separates the two groups turns out to be smaller than it appears." -Variety

"A must see." -YNot at the Movies

"Dooman River (2010) is a no-frills, realistic film with minimal dialogue and few special effects. That approach has won Zhang numerous awards on the international film festival circuit" -Korea JoongAng Daily

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2010
NETPAC Award, PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Jury Prize, PARIS CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best International Film, PUNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Director; Best Actress, EAST & WEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Crystal Bear; Special Mention; Generation Section, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
GOLDEN ORANGE FILM FESTIVAL

2011
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTICAL
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (SFIAAFF)
Generation 14 Plus selection, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best International Film Award, GOVERNMENT OF MAHARASHTRA “PRABHAT”


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