Region: Mainland China
Runtime 96 minutes
Film-Type: Fiction Film
Director: Sheng Zhimin
Screenplay: Gu Zheng; Sheng Zhimin
Sheng Zhimin will be on hand for questions for the screening.
“Bliss” is basically a slice of life drama with art house leanings, attempting to examine, or perhaps simply to depict the changing nature of family and marriage in modern China. It is the second feature of Sheng Zhimin and is very much in line with the likes of Jia Zhangke’s “Still Life” and the works of other sixth generation Chinese directors, being a critical, realistic look at modern life. As expected, this has made the film a prime candidate for international festivals.
The film follows a family in the central Chinese city of Chongqing made up of retired policeman Li (He Xingquan), his second wife Zhang (Guan Jiangge) and their two sons from former marriages. Neither of the younger generation are doing too well, with Li’s son Jianjun (Liao Zhong) working long hours as a taxi driver, putting strain on his new marriage, and Zhang’s son Xiaolei (Xu Tao) running wild with a gang of hooligans. After Li is sent the ashes of his ex-wife, he begins the search for a new family burial plot, at the same time trying to hold their lives together.
Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.