Return to dust

Yin Ru Chen Yan / 2022 / People's Republic of China / 133 min

“FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury’s Prize 2022“
“Emeric Pressburger Prize, the Festival’s Main Prize“

Northwest China. Two outsiders – Ma, an introverted old bachelor and the disabled, infertile Guiying – join their lives in an arranged marriage. Director Ruijun Li masterfully combines the realism of a story of raw rural life with a fairy-tale belief in the power of unexpectedly flourishing feelings. Instead of complaining
about the world’s injustice, Ma and Guiyng support and care for each other, which helps them endure the troubles of everyday life surprisingly well. The permanent experience of exploitation and poverty, however, has an impact on their existence and puts the hard-won happiness into question.

Sunday, 11 September 2022 16:00 Pressburger screen (premiere)
Monday, 12 September 2022 20:30 Zukor screen (repetition)

Director:
Li Ruijun

Producer:
Zhang MIN, Li YAN

Screenwriter:
Li RUIJUN

Cinematographer:
Wang WEIHUA

Film editor:
Li RUIJUN

Cast:
Wu RENLIN, Hai QING

Distributor:
M-appeal