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China, 2005 (MIFF 2007, Next Gen)

Director: Zhang Yuan


“One of the best films from China within the past few years.” - The Guardian Seen through the eyes of a four year-old boy, Little Red Flowers vividly realises the struggles of fitting into a post-revolutionary Chinese society. Moreover, the pint-sized cast offers unforced performances that never pander to cheap laughs. Even though kindergarten seems bright and cheerful to Qiang, it's difficult for him to adapt to such a scrutinised life. A fierce individualist in miniature, he tries but fails to conform to the model his teachers enforce, which sees him gain momentum as a hero among his classmates. Winner of the CICAE Award at last year's Berlin Film Festival. “Captures the emotional daring of children… in a continually fresh and unsentimental way.” - Screen International MIFF recommends: Age 15+. Frequent mild nudity.

D Zhang Yuan P Zhang Yuan, Marco Mueller, Allen Chan, Li Bolun, Yao Lifeng S Ning Dai, Zhang Yuan WS Fortissimo Films L Chinese (Mandarin) w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/92mins

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