Meili

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A fresh and engaging independent Chinese arthouse drama following the tragic life of the young female protagonist of the title.

 


美麗

Country: China, Taiwan
Year: 2018
Director: Zhou Zhou
Starring: Chi Yun, Zhou Meiyan, Li Xianjing
Running Time: 88 mins
Format: Digital
In Mandarin with English Subtitles

Film Type: Fiction

UK PREMIERE

Though Meili’s name means beautiful, her life is anything but beautiful. The 22-year-old (a stunning performance by Chi Yun, who won Best Performer at the First Film Festival) was abandoned by her parents as a child and raised by her sister. As a teenager, she was raped by her brother-in-law and gave birth to a child. Unable to hold down a job peacefully because of her abusive family, Meili hopes to go elsewhere with her girlfriend, but love too betrays her. Closely followed in the film’s many long takes, Chi Yun, who co-wrote the script with first-time director Zhou Zhou, delivers a powerful performance in the title role of a young woman forced onto a cruel path of desperation and revenge.

 

Joint screening with The Drum Tower.

 

Awards

2018 First Film Festival: Best Performer

 

 

About the director

Zhou Zhou was born in Anhui, China in 1984. He has been a critic and editor for many years. He currently serves as a script consultant for Jiaying Film. Meili is Zhou Zhou’s first feature film, receiving three nominations and one Award at the 12th Xining IFF (Best Performer).

 

 

Director’s Statement:

“The film explores the traits of human selfishness through the story of the main protagonist Meili. Meili’s struggles and efforts never seem to be resolved or rewarded. I used a realistic lens to reveal the sad existence of the characters. The key to connecting reality and drama was the performance of the main actress. That was our biggest challenge. I feel very fortunate I met Chi Yun, an outstanding young talent. Her brilliant interpretation has brought life to the film.”

 

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