At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s photography in Yang Chao’s “Crosscurrent” won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography. The film follows Gao Chun (Qin Hao), who takes over his family’s courier ship and travels up the Yangtze River to deliver some cargo. At different ports, he comes across the beautiful prostitute An Lu (Xin Zhilei) in various identities and ages, and begins to wonder if she’s part of the supernatural or if he’s traveling through time. Watch a trailer for the film below.
Lee is best known for working with such acclaimed directors like Wong Kar-Wai and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. He received the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his photography in “In the Mood for Love.” His most recent work includes Hou’s “The Assassin” and Luo Luo’s “The Last Woman Standing.”
Meanwhile, Chao previously won the Cannes D’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for his film “Passages,” about two students who travel across rural China in search of meaning. “Crosscurrent” is his third film.
“Crosscurrent” will make its U.S. premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival tonight, October 24, at 8:45 p.m. CT as well as on Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. Chao will be in attendance at both screenings. It will open in New York theaters this Friday, October 28, before expanding to other cities.