Nian nian (Murmur of the Hearts) 2015 Ages 15+

3.00PM Sun 3 Mar 2019 (1hr 59mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang's tour-de-force family drama blends fantasy and reality for a stirring tale about two estranged siblings who reconnect through the shared memories of their mother's fairy tales of phantoms and mermaids.

Nan and Mei are brother and sister growing up on beautiful Green Island, near Taiwan. Enthralled by their mother's tales of mermaids and angels, they long to know the world beyond the sea. After their parents separate, Mei goes to Taipei with her mother, while Nan stays on Green Island with his father. Now in their 20s, the separated siblings must contend with the emotional fallout of this event. Mei (Isabella Leong) is a Taipei-based painter, teaching art to young children while struggling through a tempestuous relationship with Hsiang, an aspiring boxer with his own ghosts to battle. Nan (Lawrence Ko), meanwhile, is a local tour guide on Green Island, estranged from his family as well as his rotating series of temporary friends.

Though alienated from each other, Nan and Mei's stories flow together, blending with childhood memories and their mother's fairy tales into a magical meditation on the meaning of life itself. From illustrious actress/director/writer/producer Sylvia Chang, returning to the director's chair after seven years, this is a stirring ensemble drama whose emotional force sustains a rich narrative of impressive power and range.’ Seattle International Film Festival

CREDITS

CODEX, COLOUR, STEREO, 119 MINUTES, HONG KONG/TAIWAN, MANDARIN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: SYLVIA CHANG / SCRIPT: SYLVIA CHANG, YUKIHIKO KAGEYAMA / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MING-KAI LEUNG / EDITOR: PO-WEN CHEN / PRODUCTION CO: DREAM CREEK, RED ON RED PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PATRICIA CHENG / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP