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Seventeen Years - Trailer

Year:1999

Authorship: Alessandro Favaron

SEVENTEEN YEARS is one of the long-feature films included in the Fabrica Cinema collection, the film production unit of Fabrica.

Directed by Zhang Yuan (China)

Prizes: Best Director Award at Venice Film Festival, 1999

 

At the age of 16 and in a fit of rage a girl accidentally kills her stepsister. Seventeen years later, on her release from prison, the girl (now a woman) is accompanied by a policewoman to meet her parents in a drastically changed China. Like most of her previous films, the sixth full-length work by Chinese Director Zhang Yuan, speaks of the trauma of living in contemporary China. The tone has changed very little from earlier films, such as 'Mama' 1990, or 'Beijing Zazhong' (Beijing Bastards) 1992. The dynamics of this particular melodrama (penned by the great writer Yu Hua) remain as sharp and cutting as ever. This is the first time filming has been allowed inside a Chinese prison, so the spectator obtains a privileged observation point from which to understand better what happens in this country of which one speaks a lot, but knows so little.

 

Fabrica Cinema was created in September 1997 by Marco Müller, actually Director of Venice Film Festival, and co-produced an initial series of four films which "spoke the truth" about the reality in the distant societies where, otherwise, it would have been impossible to develop any film project without the collaboration with a courageous producer: Journey to the Sun by Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey); Moloch by Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Seventeen Years by Zhang Yuan (China) and Adanggaman by Roger Gnoan M’Bala (Ivory Coast).
 
From October 1999 Fabrica Cinema has started to produce first and second features of young film directors from “the rest of the world:
Brainstorm by Lais Bodanzky (Brasil); Blackboards by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran); No man’s land by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia); Secret Ballot by Babak Payami (Iran); Angel on the right by Djamshed Usmonov (Tadjikistan), Mud by Dervis Zaim (Turkey-Cyprus) and Tropical Malady, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand).
Many of these films have won prestigious awards at the most renowned international film festivals, culminating in the 2002 Oscar for Best Foreign Film for No Man’s Land by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.

 

 

 


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