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DEAREST (Hong Kong / China)

October 3, 2015 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am



Shenzhen, southern China. When their 3-year old son Tianpeng goes missing, Tian Wen-jun and his ex-wife, Lu Xiao-juan, find their ordinary lives thrown into complete turmoil. Overwhelmed with guilt, they struggle to cope with the neverending nightmare that most people would be unable to comprehend. They comb through half the country in search of their child but to no avail. The waiting is the hardest thing to endure but they persevere, clinging to the faintest glimmer of hope – even if it comes in the form of a conman’s lie. Hope is the only thing that gives them a reason to live.

Based on actual events in China for an insightful view into multiple layers of contemporary Chinese society’s changing landscape. The incredible journey of two parents in search of their abducted son and their eventual encounter with his foster mother… Featuring some of China’s brightest stars: Zhao Wei (PAINTED SKIN), Huang Bo (COW, CRAZY STONE), Tong Dawei (THE CROSSING), Hao Lei (SUMMER PALACE), Zhang Yi (BEIJING LOVE STORY)… The emotional blockbuster from the acclaimed director of AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA, WU XIA, THE WARLORDS, PERHAPS LOVE and COMRADES: A LOVE STORY.

Writer: Ji Zhang
Director: Peter Chan
Running Time: 128 min.
Genre: Drama
Distributor:  Versatile
Country: China | Hong Kong
Language: Chinese | Mandarin w|English subtitles
Rating: N|R
Starting: Wei Zhao, Bo Huang, Lei Hao

FESTIVALS:  Italy, Venice Film Festival; Canada, Toronto International Film Festival; Brazil, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival; South Korea, Busan International Film Festival; UK, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival; Hong Kong, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival; USA, Hawaii Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival; Australia, Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival; Estonia, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; United Arab Emirates, Dubai International Film Festival; Poland, Poland Film Festival; Ireland, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

AWARDS:  Beijing Student Film Festival, Jury Award, Best Film, Best Actress; Chinese American Film Festival, Golden Angel Award, Best Actress; Golden Phoenix Awards, Best Male Actor; Guangzhou Student Film Festival, Favorite Director; Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Actress, Best Picture; Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Best Actress, Best Screenplay; Huading Award, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress

“A drama with melodramatic flourishes, the film’s main aim is to tug at the heartstrings with its true-story premise of people separated from, and then desperately searching for, those they love most… Solid performances…” The Hollywood Reporter

Official Website w/Trailer and Press Kit: http://www.filmpressplus.com/?films=dearest


October 3, 2015
9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
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Desert Film Society