Betelnut (China's Past, Present, Future on Film series)
Yang HENG. China. 2005. 112 min. Narrative. Digibeta.
Part of the "China's Past, Present, Future on Film" series
Along a sleepy Hunan riverside, two delinquent boys experience a summer of love and violence in Yang Heng's visually stunning debut. Ali and Xiao Yu are two teenage rebels idling away their days along the banks of a river in Jishou, a small quiet town. They steal motorbikes, bully and rob kids, sing karaoke, and get into fistfights. But their rough exterior belies a deeper romanticism, and a tenderness unfolds between them and their teenage loves.
Hong Kong International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Jury Prize
3 Continents Festival Nantes - New Vision Award
"Exquisite!" ' Tony Rayns, Film Comment
"Pure cinema" - Susanna Harutyunyan, International Federation of Film Critics
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