AND ROLLING ...
Chinese showings at Berlin include:
Lost in Beijing (Ping Guo)
Li Yu's film is about how a rural labourer (Fan Bingbing) navigates her way through cruel and chaotic circumstances in Beijing, signified by a stormy relationship with her employer (Tony Leung Ka-fai).
Tuya's Marriage (Tu Ya De Hun Shi)
Wang Quan'an continues his exploration of the struggles of women in China's rural backwaters. A married woman is forced to seek a new husband to pay for the medical care her disabled spouse needs.
Spider Lilies (Ci Qing)
Taiwanese director Zero Chou Mei-ling's entry in this year's Panorama sidebar section is more of a break-through for her actors than her. Isabella Leong Lok-sze is a tattoo artist who falls for an escort, played by Rainie Yang Cheng-lin (above).
Getting Home (Luo Ye Gui Gen)
Zhang Yang's film screens in the Panorama section. An alternative take on the road-movie genre, Getting Home chronicles the journey of Old Zhao (Zhao Benshan) in taking the body of a deceased friend home.
The Home Song Stories
An Australian production, but the story is Chinese. Joan Chen plays a mother of two who struggles to eke out a living in Australia - only to see her lover (John Lok) fall for her teenage daughter (Irene Chen).
Mona Lisa (Meng Na Li Sha)
A young woman is caught between an urge to trace her roots and her love for her 'mother' - who stole her from her real parents when she was three. It will have its European premiere in the Forum section.
Eye in the Sky (Gen Zong)
Johnnie To Kei-fung produces, and his longtime screenwriter delivers, a thriller about surveillance that bears all To's hallmarks.