What happens to our moral compass when we disrupt the harmony of the world around us? How can we reverse course before it’s too late? Brothers Linzi (Eric Wang) and Tutu (Si Ligeng) work together on a logging crew in the rural Mongolian city of Moerdaoga. Dire circumstances force them to cut down more ancient trees than the legal limit, inviting ecological catastrophe. The guilt-ridden Linzi knows he must protect the last remaining virgin forest in the area—which means revisiting a scene of fraternal and tribal trauma, and, with the help of a local widow (Qi Xi), restoring the balance of nature that he upset long ago. Gorgeously scored by Lim Giong (Ash Is Purest White), lensed by Mark Lee Ping-bing (In the Mood for Love), and filmed on location in Mongolia’s stunning Moerdaoga National Forest Park, the directorial debut of screenwriter Cao Jinling is an invitation into the soul of a forest—and a thrilling family drama about tradition and fate. –David Fear
In Chinese with English subtitles
WEST COAST PREMIERE
We will be joined in person by Zimo Huang, Editor, Anima for an onstage conversation following the Friday, Oct 8 screening at CinéArts Sequoia.
Sponsored by GORDON RADLEY
Friday, Oct 8, 6:00pm, Cinéarts Sequoia
Monday, Oct 11, 12:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Cao Jinling began her film career as a screenwriter, writing scripts for Meet Miss Anxiety (2014), Crying Out in Love (2016), and Seventy-Seven Days (2017). Anima is her debut narrative feature. She recently made her first documentary feature, Days and Nights in Wuhan (2021).