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Striding Into the Wind

Directed by Wei Shujun, 2020 China 130 minutes
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Chinese cinema gets its hipster-slacker groove on in this droll tale of a Beijing film school student on an ambling road trip. Selected, Cannes 2020.

The debut feature by Cannes short film prize-winner Wei Shujun follows the picaresque adventures of Kun. The mullet-topped youth isn’t sure if he’s a rebel and if he has a cause. A disruptive influence in class, Kun begins wondering what life is all about when working on the graduate film of a pretentious Wong Kar Wai wannabee. The answer? Buy a broken down, smoke-belching Jeep from a shonky used car salesman – “The more you hit the road the wilder you get,” he says – and head to the promise of freedom and fulfilment in Inner Mongolia. With nods to Kevin Smith and Jim Jarmusch, Wei’s wry, autobiographical comic drama paints a sharp picture of restless Chinese youth caught between free-market dreams and restrictive realities.

After renting, the film will be available in your account to watch at any time during the Festival viewing window; from 12th November, 12 PM – 21st November, 11.59 PM.

Program Strand
Unclassified 18+
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Wei Shujun,
Liu Qingling,
Zhou Yu, Zheng Yingchen, Wang Xiaomu,
Wei Shujun, Gao Linyang,
Wang Jiehong,
Yan Tingting,
Comedy, Off-Beat, Filmmaking, Cinephile, Asia, Arts, Cannes Selected,
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Films Boutique,