Mountains May Depart

In 1999, Fenyang. Tao, a school teacher, is in love with Liang, who is a coal miner. But Tao brings an end to their relationship when she is proposed marriage with Jinsheng, who just became an owner of the coal mine. Hearbroken, Liang leaves his hometown in self-exile. In 2014, Liang, who lives in Handang, finds himself in a fatal illness. Liang decides to go back to Fenyang with his wife and a daughter to live his last days at his hometown. Liang meets Tao, who was already divorced with Jinsheng, and lives alone. Meanwhile, her son, Daole, who lives in Shanghai with Jinsheng, temporary comes back to Fenyang to his grandpa’s funeral. Tao learns that Daole is going to immigrate to Australia with Jinsheng. After the funeral, Tao sees off her son on the train to Shanghai.

The World

“The World” is a theme park on the outskirts of Beijing, sixteen kilometers from the Chinese capital, designed around scaled representations of the world’s famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.The site is seen here not from the visitors’ point of view but through the eyes of a few of its staff, lonely people, communicating poorly, a bit disillusioned with life, glittering for the tourists but dull and restricted as far as they are concerned.

Platform

The movie is set in the remote chinese province of Fenyang, and spans the turbulent 1980s by following four performers in the state-run Peasant Culture Group. We see the group evolve from workers that are restricted to approved revolutionary classics that praise Chairman Mao, through performance of western classics, after china adopts an ‘open door’ policy, and the effects on their lives.