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One Second

Directed by Zhang Yimou
2020
China
103 minutes
15+
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The great Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum, SFF 1988; Ju Dou; Raise the Red Lantern; Hero, SFF 2004) returns with a beautiful, moving love letter to cinema set during the Cultural Revolution.
In this tumultuous time in Chinese history, an unnamed man (Zhang Yi) is sent to a labour camp in desolate northwestern China for fighting. He escapes, and is obsessed with seeing a particular film, risking everything to get to a screening. When the film reel is stolen, he is determined to recover it; it being the only means to see his long-lost daughter. On his quest to see the precious footage, he encounters an orphaned girl Liu (Liu Haocun) and a master projectionist known as Mr Movie (Fan Wei) who thwart and aid his efforts. Exploring each of these characters’ connection to the cinema, and its impact on a wider community, Zhang masterfully melds slapstick humour and deep emotion in telling this story of the power of cinema.
A piquant blend of comedy and drama, One Second is a welcome return to personal territory for Zhang which will prove particularly delightful for ardent cineastes.
John Berra, Screen Daily
The most direct and heartfelt valentine to the medium the revered Fifth Generation filmmaker has ever composed.
Jessica Kiang, Variety

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Sat 6 Nov
8:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 4
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Thu 11 Nov
8:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 4
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Sat 13 Nov
2:45pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne 5
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Original Title
Yi Miao Zhong
Year
2020
Classification
15+
Country
China
Language
In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles
Director
Zhang Yimou
Producer
Dong Ping
Cast
Fan Wei, Liu Haocun, Zhang Yi
Screenwriter
Zhang Yimou, Zou Jingzhi
Cinematographer
Zhao Xiaoding
Editor
Du Yuan
Genre
Arts, Asia, Comedy, Filmmaking, Human Rights, Politics & Economics
Australian Distributor
Rialto Distribution
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