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Striding Into the Wind

Directed by Wei Shujun, 2020 China 130 minutes
18+
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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.

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