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So Long My Son

(地久天长, Dì jiǔ tiān cháng)

Dir: Wang Xiaoshuai, 2019, China, Chinese with English subtitles, 185 mins, Cert: 12A

Sun 5 January // 15:00

Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)

Wang Xiaoshuai’s deeply moving and intimate drama traces the lives of two interconnected families over three decades of social and political upheaval in China. The film charts the fortunes of factory workers Liyun (Yong Mei) and Yaojun (Wang Jingchun), a couple reeling from a devastating family tragedy during the tumultuous years between the 1980s and the 21st century. Constricted by the one-child national policy, their lives are gradually transformed under the impact of the country’s changing identity, building to a heartbreaking revelation that exposes how political reality affects the fates of the family and the people around them. A cleverly poetic depiction of communist China, SO LONG, MY SON is a sprawling yet personal portrait of human resilience, featuring incredibly tender and award-winning performances from Mei and Jingchun.