World Premiere

Great Happiness

Local title
Ülim Õnn
Original title
Great Happiness
Director
Wang Yiao
Country
China
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

An insightful, ironic look at the challenges and contradictions that young generations are facing in China, "Great Happiness" is Wang Yao’s auspicious debut that welcomes a new voice into the firmament of local independent cinema and one that is poised to bridge the gap between engaged auteur cinema and lighter, yet socially relevant, comedies, aimed at a wider audience.

Set in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province on the border with Tibet, this ensemble film follows the ups and downs in the lives of three friends from the generation born at the time of China’s one-child policy. Li is about to get married and wants to be a construction contractor, ready to mortgage his parents’ apartments and squander their savings to fulfil his dream of greatness and wealth. Sui is an architect and is expected to design the project that will grant Li access to government permits and funds, but he is an idealist who cannot conform to the current trend of homogenizing the appearance of cities. Xining has been married for 4 years, he still doesn’t have a child and is under great pressure from his family to become a father.

The different anxieties and personal stories of the three friends unravel in a series of tragicomic events against the landscape of an ever-changing city in a society where materialism reigns supreme and large-scale urbanization has transformed the beautiful scenery of the Tibetan plateau in an endless series of high-rises.

Giovanna Fulvi

Award for the Best First Feature Film

Director
Wang Yiao
Screenwriter
Wang Yiao, Yi Jingkai, Yu Quandong
Cast
Zhou Xiang, Yang Xiaohuo, Shen Jiajun, Tao Yuqiong, Hu Xiaoguang
Producer
Yosyf Benayoun, Rong Xiao, Wei Lesi
DoP
Bao Peng
Editor
Sun Ivan
Runtime
Language
Chinese
Director
Wang Yiao

Wang Yiao (snd 1990) on lõpetanud Pekingi Filmiakadeemia 2013. Aasta varem valmis tal esimene lühidokumentaalfilm „Over“. „Ülim õnn“ on režissööri esimene täispikk mängufilmilavastus.

Screenings

Hall 7 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening080502 / Ülim Õnn
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening085001 / Ülim Õnn
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening092204 / Ülim Õnn
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 2 Kino Artis Tallinn
Screening161601 / Ülim Õnn
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker