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Pearl

Zhēnzhū

ALT | International Shorts

In a desolate Chinese fishing village, a young girl lives a tough life with her brother and their single mother, who is trapped by poverty and struggling to survive. This working-class tale of endurance hits is emotionally spot-on without getting cliché sappy. It’s a beautifully crafted film with gorgeous cinematography and excellent use of locations that do an amazing job depicting the family’s tough life, though the children still manage to have fun. The scenes with mom working among the fishing boats down on the docks are particularly poignant. Highlighted by wonderfully natural performances, Pearl is a moving and heartbreaking story about the choices people will make to survive - with a gut-punch ending.

Screens in program A Matter of Identity


Canadian premiere
Director Yuchao Feng
Country of Origin: China
Year: 2019
Running Time: 14 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Chinese with English subtitles
Related Links: Official Website | Trailer
Cast: Lu Liu, Yating Cao, Menghua Zhong
Executive Producer: Jingjing Wang, Zuozhong Feng
Producer: Yifei He, Rachel Vergara
Co-Producer: Linhan Zhang, Clifford Miu
Screenwriter: Yuchao Feng
Cinematographer: Lasse Ulvedal Tolbøll
Editor: Yuchao Feng
Production Design: Jiarui Yu
Print Source: Bering Pictures

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